The traditional sales season is in full swing, and experts warn that scammers are on the alert. So, according to ESET analysts, on "Black Friday" the proportion of spam in users' inboxes grows to 11%.
Fraudsters actively send phishing emails and offer to purchase goods of famous brands with suspiciously large discounts. More often than not, on such fake sites “the quantity of goods is limited”, therefore, the user is in a hurry to make a purchase and enter bank card details.
In addition, criminals can distribute the malware under the guise of discount coupons. For example, this month ESET specialists discovered a banking trojan distributed under the guise of McDonald’s promotions.
Since, according to ESET, 76% of users risk their data when shopping online, careless attitude to network security can cause serious losses. Experts recall the need to be vigilant:
- the user can be quietly redirected to a fake site, where he "gives" his data to scammers;
- you should check the addresses from which discount coupons and gift certificates come (in the address bar there should not be extra letters and numbers);
- You should not download attachments that are not checked by antivirus, even if the sender address is not suspicious;
- for online shopping, it is better to have a separate virtual card and send to it exactly the amount that is required to pay for a particular product.