The coup that attempts to lure victims with the false promise of employment has nearly tripled in a year. According to PSafe's dfndr lab digital security lab, 2019 already records more than 2.3 million such cases between January and October, up 174% from about 861.9 thousand incidents in the same period last year. According to the company, the scenario should worsen with the proximity of Christmas, a time marked by the increase in temporary vacancies.
The attack takes advantage of the unemployment situation in the country and mainly spreads by WhatsApp messages. The goal is to lure users to pages that steal Facebook logins and personal data to apply financial fraud. The PSafe monitor detects an average of ten malicious links with these characteristics every month.
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Focused on WhatsApp, fake job scam nearly tripled in 2019 Photo: Tainah Tavares / dnetc
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Scammers use famous companies as a gimmick for the fake vacancy ad, including homographic links to fool more people with a few different characters, the address may seem official in the eyes of less attentive users.
In general, the link leads to a registration for the alleged job, followed by the request to share the link to your contacts. as soon as the blow spreads rapidly. In the end, the victim is taken to a fake page that induces login and password typing of their social networks, as well as data such as name and social security number.
According to experts at dfndr lab, criminals use stolen information to apply for loans, shop online and even start businesses on behalf of the victim. In addition, they often break into intercepted social network accounts to distribute attacks through sponsored lives and posts.
False job ad usually offers many advantages and no experience Photo: Reproduction / PSafe
The first rule to stay safe is always to be suspicious of messages with tempting job offers that arrive via WhatsApp and social networks. Especially be suspicious of vacancies with promises of good salary and many benefits without experience.
Check the links carefully and never doubt click on them. Instead, look for the supposed vacancy on the company's official website with a Google search to check its authenticity. It is also important to have a good antivirus installed on your phone, either Android or iPhone (iOS), to block access to known fraudulent pages. Some security firms like PSafe have an online link checker (www.psafe/dfndr-lab).
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