Kaspersky Lab records an increase in phishing in the online sales segment

Kaspersky Lab records an increase in phishing in the online sales segment

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Sergei Dragun

From April to July, the growth was hundreds of percent.

In April, experts identified 58 pages mimicking Avito, and in July there were already 201. The total number of counterfeits found for this site in seven months reached 500.

In April, the courier company CDEK was imitated by 36 fake websites, and in July there were already 215.

Scammers create phishing sites that mimic popular electronic platforms and lure buyers with low prices. So they get hold of bank card data, or receive
user money.

In order not to fall for phishers’ tricks, you need to make sure that the name of the site is spelled correctly. Should alert the writing of the site awito.ru or avito-ru.ru.

Ideally, to protect against fraudsters, you need to get a separate card for online payments and transfer money to it only before payment.

Earlier, Group-IB, which specializes in preventing cyberattacks, discovered hundreds of fraudulent airline ticket websites.

An employee of Group-IB, Yakov Kravtsov, said that the last one and a half to two months there has been a boom in the creation of phishing and fraudulent resources related to the sale of tickets. At the end of July there were three
a dozen, in mid-August – already about a hundred. Most of them are already blocked, he added.

According to Kravtsov, most of these resources specialize in the alleged sale of air tickets, in addition to this, there are phishing sites on the topics of hotel room reservations, car rental, and others.
Some of the fake ticket sites were created even before the quarantine, but due to the pandemic they have been activated. A significant part of these fraudulent resources is phishing –
cybercriminals steal money for tickets or bank card details.


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