ICC warns against fraud emails

Cricket’s governing body on Friday warned the public to beware of fraudulent emails that seek personal details to give away non-existent cash rewards ahead of the World Cup.

The International Cricket Council said tricksters have been sending out emails to announce prizes supposedly won in sweepstakes and other competitions organised by it.

Recipients are asked to provide bank account information and told to wire funds to a third-party bank account in order to facilitate their receipt of the award, the ICC said.

“The ICC wishes to place on record that neither does it conduct or authorise any such sweepstakes or prize promotions, nor does it appoint any third parties to do so,” the governing body said in a statement.

“Further, the ICC will never ask you to send or confirm personal information via e-mail or to wire funds to a bank account for award eligibility.”

The ICC said such emails should not be replied to and recipients should notify the local law enforcement agency.

Numerous competitions are being organised in the media and by businesses in the run-up to the World Cup which opens in India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh on February 19.