Star Wars fans are eagerly counting down the days until the release of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ on December 16th.
Hype for the new movie has reached fever pitch and with advance cinema tickets being made available for sale online, fans could fall victim to the dark side of cybersecurity: scammers and cybercriminals often capitalise on new trends to find victims so fans need to be vigilant.
Phishing is the Darkside’s weapon of choice
The release of last year’s Star Wars epic, the Force Awakens, led to one of the biggest phishing scams of 2015.
As with that movie’s release, scammers are likely to take advantage of fan excitement for a chance to steal personal details. Fans need to be aware of emails that are offering them free tickets to see the movie on opening night. Such emails at first glance appeared to be genuine as they included the official Star Wars logo and a link to the movie's trailers. These little touches are an effective way of tricking recipients into believing that the promotion is indeed real.
Last year, victims of a ticket scam reported that they were taken to a fake website that asked them to fill in a survey in order for them to be in with a chance of winning movie tickets. In reality, the survey was endless and was designed to get as much private information out of a victim as possible until they eventually gave up in frustration.
Naturally no tickets are available, instead the scammer gets hold of the victims’ name, address, phone number and, if the victim was particularly naïve, their credit card details.
With those details in the scammer’s possession, the victim can then experience annoying phone calls and/or spam emails as they have been sold on the Dark Web. The calls and emails can appear to be legit as they will use the information for spear-phishing campaigns and other scams.