HSBC phishers disguise attacks as Wimbledon tickets prize

With summer rapidly approaching (we hope..) in the UK, many people’s thoughts are turning to strawberries, cream and action on the grass courts of SW19.

Yes, it’s almost time for the Wimbledon tennis tournament!

Here’s an email that we’ve seen spammed out to computer users, pretending to come from banking giant HSBC.

Wimbledon HSBC phishing email

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The messages have a subject line of “Claim your ticket at Wimbledon” and have a file attached called prize-form.html.

Opening the file to unclock your prize, however, is not such a good idea as it contains a form which asks for all sorts of personal information about your bank account – including your date of birth, memorable names, card security code and so forth.

Phishing form

The scam earns some extra credibility because HSBC is a genuine sponsor of the Wimbledon tennis tournament, and there was indeed a competition held by the bank to meet Tim Henman.

Winners, however, were notified on 10 May 2011 according to HSBC’s website – which is more evidence, if you needed it, that this email is a phishing scam designed to steal your credentials.

Don’t allow the thought of free tennis tickets trick you into making bad security decisions. Always be suspicious of unsolicited emails from your online bank – especially if they ask for information like this.


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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