“Rain” allegations of financial fraud during the lockdown period. What about the most frequent complaints. Tips for users.
The Hellenic Center for Secure Internet of the Institute of Technology and Research draws the attention of users in relation to the internet frauds which, as stated in its announcement, due to the situation that has developed and the overuse that has been observed have increased significantly since the beginning of the pandemic.
The line of complaints about the illegal content on the internet SafeLine.gr has been accepted since March 2020 to date a large number of reports concerning financial fraud in ex’ distance trading and online shopping.
The following is mentioned in more detail in the announcement:
Email scams (phishing)
In fact, there have been numerous complaints about cyber-attacks in recent times (phishing) in order to extract personal data. "Fishing" is done mainly through e-mail, ads or sites that look similar to sites that victims already use. For example, (relevant photo attached) Victims receive an email that appears to have been sent from their bank asking them to confirm their bank account number. Information that can be requested is usernames and passwords, social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, date of birth etc..
Scams with spam blackmail messages
in addition to, Complaints of blackmail spam are common, which are sent en masse to various recipients in order to deceive them. particularly, experts send bulk messages to recipients and inform them that they have access to their device while sometimes the message appears to have been falsely sent from the recipient's own personal account.
At the same time, they are informed that malware has allegedly been installed, after visiting a website, which has activated the camera and recorded them in personal moments. It is then reported that the malware has collected all the contacts of the users from the social media and the perpetrators threaten to send the material in question to their contacts., in case they do not receive bitcoins.
It is noted that these extortionate emails sometimes refer to real codes (or even older codes) to convince users of the truth of the threat (see more about this scam here https://saferinternet4kids.gr/nea/mail-scam/.
Emails with malware
Open line complaints about the illegal content on the internet SafeLine.gr also refer to receiving e-mails (emails) containing malware files (malware).
particularly, the victim receives a message from an unknown email address, in which:
- the displayed sender name exists and belongs to its contact list,
- the content of the message is an excerpt from an earlier conversation between the featured sender and another contact (or of the victim himself),
- contains a link or an attached file, which contains (disguised) malicious executable code.
Tips for protection against cyber fraud
• Always observe the sender's email address and especially the differences in the sender's display name and email.
• Never reply to suspicious emails. No service e.g.. bank will not request an online update for personal data.
• Back up files (backup) periodically, on external storage so that they can be restored.
• If you receive an email from an unknown sender or unknown source, do not open the links (links) and do not download attachments contained in these messages.
• Use software programs, updated to their latest version, while there should always be an up-to-date malware protection program on the computer.