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State police detail Winter Olympics scams

Renatta Signorini
| Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, 8:48 a.m.
Olympic rings are covered with fresh snow at the Phoenix Snow Park as preparations continue for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The venue will host freestyle skiing and snowboarding events.
Charlie Riedel/AP
Olympic rings are covered with fresh snow at the Phoenix Snow Park as preparations continue for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The venue will host freestyle skiing and snowboarding events.

Pennsylvania State Police are warning of Olympic-related scams, such as an email that appears to come from Olympic officials and fraudulent trips to South Korea for the games.

In a community awareness bulletin, troopers detailed several scams related to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics:

• An email that appears to come from the U.S. Olympic Committee offers to pay $350 weekly for the intended victim to display Olympic paraphernalia on their vehicle. A counterfeit check for more than $350 is sent to the victim with a request that the victim return the overage amount via a wire transfer.

• Emails or text messages with news about Olympic performances can be a way for scammers to steal the victim's identity and access the victim's phone or computer. Don't click on any suspicious links, police said. These types of links can also be shared on social media.

• Cash prize winnings and a trip to South Korea for the Olympics may appear legitimate. But police said those scams will seek some kind of advance payment from the victim, which the scammer keeps, and the purported prize money and trip are never awarded.• Fraudulent smartphone applications can be loaded with malware.

• Counterfeit Olympic apparel and merchandise are for sale. Authentic apparel can be purchased on the Team USA website.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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