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During the holiday hustle and bustle, many people become inattentive when buying gifts and planning trips. The closer to the Christmas holidays, the higher the activity of online fraudsters who engage in phishing. The main aim of gaining access to confidential data of users, logins and passwords.
Not all greetings are equally pleasing
For the III quarter of 2018, the specialists of "Kaspersky Lab" recorded 137 million reflected attempts to transition users to a phishing page, and in the fourth quarter this figure had increased to 140 million primarily due to the massive pre-Christmas sales, and high user activity, online stores. What is to be feared?
1. Attackers to create clones of well-known online stores to obtain the data of Bank cards. If a user on this site, enter their credit card number, its expiry date, name and CVV code, the scammer will get all the information you need on withdrawing money from the account.
2. Fraudsters can impersonate the websites of popular banks and payment systems. Scare users by locking accounts, cards, as well as loss of cash or suspicious transactions in their accounts — that way the scammers encourage you to enter your Bank account on the phishing web site.
3. Links to phishing pages are distributed primarily through spam. This involves email, social networks, instant messengers. In addition, spam emails can contain dangerous attachments — documents in various formats such as pdf or doc(x) or archives like zip and rar, — at the opening of which is triggered by a virus which can paralyze the operation of the gadget and to take over a user's personal information. In addition, the user can also navigate to the phishing site, clicking on fake banner or pop-up advertising.
4. Another fraud scheme is to send fake greetings on behalf of well-known organizations, including banks. Such greetings often offer gifts, but to get them, you must pass the "quiz". Thus spammers lure users to fraudulent sites. Alternatively, the offer to participate in a survey about the quality of services provided.
In such schemes, scammers often use well-known brands to make their messages credence. Users are accustomed to the fact that on the eve of holidays, many companies organize events and give discounts, so posts of this nature do not cause fear.
not To become a victim of a Scam and not lose money, should adhere to simple rules:
? don't click suspicious links from emails, messages in social networks and messengers, even if, at first glance, the letter came from a Bank or well-known brand, it can be a fake;
? if you received a message from Bank that your card or account is locked, don't click on any link to unlock — better call the Bank and tell them that you get this email;
? if you're going to shop online, always check spelling store website in the browser address bar;
? use a reliable security solution, in which there is a current database of phishing sites and the "antispam"feature;
? don't forget about the safe use of debit and credit cards. Never, under any circumstances, do not disclose to third parties the PIN and CVV2 card code, and expiration date and who she was. No Bank will ask you for these details. And to transfer funds to your account need only the 16-digit number indicated on the front of the card.
For the help in material preparation to the portal.ru thanked the senior content analyst "Kaspersky Lab" Tatyana Sidorin and senior spam analyst Kaspersky Lab "" Tatiana Shcherbakov.
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