With Father's Day approaching, criminals are already investing in scams to attract Facebook victims. According to PSafe's DFNDR Lab, at least 60 fake pages have appeared in the past week to take advantage of people looking for purchases for the date. The old method: imitating the fanpage of some famous store to sell products that don't exist. The objective is to obtain the bank details and credit cards of the deceived consumers.
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Fake pages of Brazilian stores have at bot for customer service Photo: Reproduo / PSafe
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The focus is on advertising highly sought after products, such as state-of-the-art cell phones and 4K TVs, with apparently advantageous discounts. When attracted by attractive prices, the user clicks on the offer link and falls on a fake website of the imitated store. From then on, hackers start collecting all the financial information entered by the victim when proceeding with the purchase. The data is then used in a second phase of the coup to generate gains for criminals.
Although the phishing scam is old, the lures to attract victims are becoming more sophisticated. In order to be more convincing, the pages even have bots that pass through call centers with smart questionnaire on Facebook Messenger.
The pages never bear the name of the store. Instead, they use generic terms such as "Father's Day here", "Special Father's Day" or "Father's Day". To mislead visitors, they abuse promotional material copied from real shopkeepers. DFNDR Lab identified fake pages imitating Casas Bahia, Ponto Frio, Lojas Americanas, Submarino, among others.
PSafe identified fake pages from some of the country's top tenants Photo: Reproduo / Paulo Alves
To escape the danger, users should always check that the clicked link leads to the official website of the store – beware of the almost identical addresses used by criminals. In addition, it is recommended to confirm the existence of the promotion directly with the company on the official channels.
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