Thursday, February 22, 2024

WhatsApp: A hotbed for scammers

Criminals are taking advantage of longstanding global supply chain and supply chain problems to lure victims into identity theft scams, experts warn. But now whatsapp has considered to become a hotbed for scammers. A fraudulent campaign has launched that took advantage of recent changes in WhatsApp’s privacy policy. The policy to share information with Facebook. Users have invited to chat with “beautiful strangers” on WhatsApp. But when they clicked on the link, they have instead redirected to a fake Facebook login page where their login details have stolen.

A report from Kaspersky calls on the public to be vigilant when opening and interacting with messages. Those messages suspected of being sent by delivery companies – especially when shopping online.

But the company is also reporting a growing number of scams using WhatsApp to scam users without money. As well as others running fake apps and online love sites.

Shipping Scam

Kaspersky said there had been a significant spike in fraud, capitalizing on the tremendous growth in online offerings fueled by the pandemic.

In increasingly localized campaigns, criminals send invoices in multiple languages and demand payment to cover import or shipping duties. However, if you click on the link or attachment, the victim will take to a fake website where their banking or card details have stolen.

Criminals have also reportedly launched a website that claims to offer a lottery program. So they can buy packages that recipients can’t get. Such websites offering mysterious packages accept offers. But victims find that even if they “win” the prize, it will never arrive.

Web-Content researchers at Kaspersky report that attackers are taking advantage of new trends and diversions to steal money and identity data. Tatiana Shterbakova says attackers are taking advantage of increased messenger usage and email delivery issues during pandemics. All the messaging apps like email, messenger, whatsapp etc are all hotbed for scammers.

Due to the fact that they play on human emotions, spam and phishing tactics are still among the most efficient means of launching successful attacks. The best thing users can do is be careful of unexpected emails. And when they click on attachments or be very careful with email link – go directly to the site.”

As always, Kaspersky recommends that you always check all links in messages or emails before clicking on them. And that you have a complete security solution to ensure you are protected against the latest threats.

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