Cases of counterfeit websites have grown in recent days with the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events. According to security firm Check Point, the number of pages that mimic online stores of major retailers increased by 233% compared to November 2018. The adulteration champion Amazon, which accumulates more than 1,700 domains similar to amazon in the last few six months.
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The scam involves registering domains similar to those of legitimate and known online stores to confuse the user and get him to access the fraudulent website. The links are shared in a phishing attack, usually by email, to encourage the click and make the user fall on the fake page. The ultimate goal is to receive payments for nonexistent products or to intercept credit card data.
Big store fake sites target Black Friday 2019 Photo: Pond5
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Check Point's analysis revealed ten fake Amazon domains distributed in phishing scams. Two of them are classified with a high degree of severity: amze001amzon and amazon-19374. Addresses always use the domain, but include numbers and letters in combination with the term "amazon".
In addition to Amazon, the company detected counterfeit records on the Ray Ban website, with a link also distributed by email. Whoever receives the message and clicks the highlighted button is taken to a page that offers a fictitious discount of 80% on products from the popular sunglasses brand. Once the victim pays with PayPal, criminals receive the money and never send the purchase.
Email scam takes victim to fake Ray Ban website Photo: Reproduo / Check Point
Experts warn that consumers should pay special attention to e-mail, since phishing scams tend to take advantage of the flood of legitimate promotional messages that arrive naturally during Black Friday. With so much material in the inbox, the fraudulent links end up going unnoticed.
To avoid being a victim, adopt an email service with advanced anti-spam service, such as Gmail. An alternative is also to simply click on links received by email and instead search the site on Google manually to make sure that the page is true and the search engine does not display sites known to be fraudulent in the search results.
Another way to identify scams is always taking into account the content of the promotion. Be wary of expensive products, like the iPhone, with very high discounts. Also check for spelling errors and check the sender of the message to see if it left the real store. Also, be careful with the homographic coup: even if an address is very similar to that of a known store, make sure there are no characters that imitate the letters of the alphabet to deceive the user and redirect him to an unauthorized page.
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