Beware of scammers! During the “Black Friday” discount battle, criminals try massively to rip off online buyers.
The main aim of the attackers is to steal the access data for online payment services or large online retailers – in order to then be able to shop at the victims’ expense. To do this, they fake the websites of large providers in a deceptively real way, lure the victims there with masses of emails sent in order to then query the access data – so-called phishing.
The cybersecurity company Kaspersky observed more than twice as many phishing attempts (over 1.9 million) targeting electronic payment systems in October as in September (just under 630,000). The attacks targeted PayPal, Visa, Mastercard and American Express, among others.
“This year we saw a huge 208 percent increase in the number of attacks that mimicked the most popular payment systems,” said Tatyana Shcherbakova, security expert at Kaspersky.
Kaspersky counted more than 220,000 “Black Friday” spam e-mails between October 27 and November 19. And with the height of the discount battle, it should be significantly more.
According to Kaspersky, the website that was most often faked by the criminals was Amazon’s platform. This is followed by eBay, Alibaba and Mercado Libre (Central and South America).
Beware of the perfect bargain
What customers should pay attention to on the Internet:
► Do not click on attachments or links in e-mails that allegedly come from banks, payment services or online retailers – even if there is supposedly an urgent need for action. Instead: Go to the company’s official website in your browser and check the customer account to see what’s really true.
► Pay attention to the spelling of company names etc. in the Internet address – it can often be seen here that the address is not a trustworthy address. In the case of secure Internet sites, the address begins with HTTPS, not HTTP, and can also be recognized by a lock symbol in the browser.
► Only download shopping apps from reputable sources such as Google Play and the Apple App Store – there is often a link on the retailer’s website. Otherwise you run the risk of downloading a fake shopping app.
► Use a security program that can detect dangerous e-mail attachments or fake websites. Recommended software for Windows and Android and The independent testing institute AV-Test carries out MacOS devices on its Website.
And finally, if a bargain sounds too tempting, it should be viewed with caution at first! “If the price, availability or delivery time sound too perfect, it could be a scam that only aims to get your personal information and accounts,” warns cybersecurity provider McAfee.