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DECO joins PJ notices: Watch out for online opportunists

Online fraud warnings multiply as more people are quarantined, permanently connected, and many in telework, more exposed to messages and emails.

DECO has just issued a warning that joins what PJ and CNCS had already done and that show how fraudulent schemes attract users to fraudulent schemes, such as applications that accompany the evolution of the pandemic or with miraculous cures for the covid disease. 19, in which the objective is to access data. "The first rule is to be suspicious, the second is to protect yourself", says the consumer protection association.

"Burles have a notion that concerned people tend to act impulsively," he says, adding that more easily, in times of uncertainty, like the one we live in, they give in to trying to click on a link that beckons them with answers.

DECO points to four types of schemes most used, such as fundraising campaigns to combat disease; covid-19 screening tests; information platforms on the evolution of the pandemic; vaccination campaigns reimbursed by the NHS.

To avoid falling into these schemes, DECO points out seven rules to avoid being scammed, not least because many of the schemes arrive by email, WhatsApp or even by sms. "In many cases, the way the messages are written allows you to see if it is a fraud". These are some signs to watch out for:

1 – Read the text well. If you have spelling errors or grammatical inconsistencies, delete it.

2 – Be suspicious if they are written in another language. The official bodies communicate in Portuguese from Portugal.

3 – Click on the link. Copy the address and paste it into the Google search box. If it is malicious, you will certainly find information about the scheme. The important thing about clicking.

4 – When alms are too much, the poor suspect a proverb that serves as a glove for these trapped messages. There is still no cure for covid-19. If you are offered a solution, it is probably a fraud.

5 – Trust only in communications from official bodies, such as the Directorate-General for Health and the Ministry of Health.

6 – Be suspicious if you are offered masks, disinfectant gel or even toilet paper. These basic necessities that are now scarce on the shelves are also a great deception.

7 – Be suspicious of addresses that refer to forms for collecting personal data. The aim is to collect data that, in many cases, allow access to credentials for accessing e-mail or homebanking. This information is never requested, either in writing or by telephone. Passwords must be non-transferable.

When threats arrive by email

Phishing attacks often arrive via email. And telecommuting, with connections that are often less secure and not protected by corporate firewalls, you have to be more careful. DECO's recommendations indicate: