The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled for this summer, and the athletes are not the only ones training hard. Scammers are making their preparations, too so they can strike with new Olympic scams.

Who Is It Targeting: Olympic fans, travelers

What Is It: A series of Olympic scams focused around traveling to and enjoying the Olympic Games

What Are They After: Scammers seize upon any opportunity to steal from their victims, and with the hype surrounding any global event, their tricks are easier to come by. With the Olympics just around the corner, now is the time for scammers to strike with Olympic scams that include fake ticket sales sites, fake travel offers, counterfeit fan gear and more.

How Can You Avoid It:

  • Only purchase tickets and apparel from trusted websites that are authorized vendors
  • Make all of your travel and hotel accommodation plans through well-known websites or travel agents
  • Be sure to purchase travel insurance; There is already talk of moving, postponing or even canceling the 2020 Games due to fears of the coronavirus

If you think you may be a victim of identity theft, contact the Identity Theft Resource Center for toll-free, no-cost assistance at 888.400.5530. You can also live chat with an advisor. Find more information about current scams and alerts here. For full details of this scam check out this article from IDTheftCenter.org.


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