Central Bank expert explained fraud plans in sales 14:55

During sales, fraudsters become even more active and resort to various tricks to deceive customers. Alexey Potekhin, cybersecurity expert at the Central Federal District of the Bank of Russia, told socialbites.ca about the most common schemes and methods of protection against them.

The first method is to create twin websites of famous brands. Scammers change just one letter of the name, hoping the recipient won’t notice it’s fake. In 2022 alone, the Central Bank, together with the prosecutor’s office, blocked more than 10.7 million such sites. Taking this into account, scammers often poorly imitate the design of real pages and even make typos in the descriptions of products and sections of the site; The Central Bank believes that the detection of even minor defects should already alert the potential buyer.

The second common scheme is spam emails from unknown senders advertising “secret sales”. By clicking on malicious links, people end up on a phishing site and lose money.

“You can protect yourself from phishing pages by shopping through mobile store applications. But you need to download these applications only from the official page of the trading platform or from the official application store,” warns Potekhin.

The third method is an offer to reserve a product “on presale” at a large discount. After entering the card information, all money is deleted by fraudsters.

“Considering that this can also be a marketing tactic of the store, the buyer’s attention is dulled, especially as soon as he sees the size of the discount on the product he likes,” says the expert.
The fourth scheme is “bounty” promotions, where buyers are asked to share a link and enter data to supposedly earn earnings. Below are several options for the development of events. The buyer may be asked to deliver the goods or pay for the installation of an application from the “seller” to verify the customer. After that, the person loses money due to a virus built into the program or is paid for the installation of a useless utility. Moreover, the person learns this only when money is deducted from the account.

Potekhin recommends not following dubious links, installing an antivirus, not using open Wi-Fi for shopping and opening a separate “virtual” for online shopping.

Before this, it was known that there were no sales in November. in the name Excitement among buyers.

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Source: Gazeta


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