The dfndr lab, PSafe’s laboratory specializing in digital security, has detected a growth in the number of financial scams aimed at stealing victims’ banking and credit card information. In the first half of 2021 alone, there are already more than 2.3 million detections in this category of scam, which represents a financial threat being detected every 6 seconds in the country.
Emilio Simoni, director of the dfndr lab, explains that financial scams are especially disseminated via SMS. “We often identify many phishing scams sent via SMS, in which the cybercriminal poses as a bank requesting the blocking or unblocking of a credit card via a link, or asking for confirmation of bank details supposedly to block an unauthorized purchase. The victim, afflicted and afraid of being involved in fraud, is convinced to inform sensitive data that will be used in the scams”, warns the director.
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The risks have become even greater since the beginning of 2021, when data from more than 100 million mobile account subscribers were leaked on the Dark Web. The alert was made by PSafe, in February of this year, and already highlighted that in the banks of data found there was personal information that could be used by cybercriminals for shady purposes.
The director also recalls that cybercriminals are always reinventing themselves: “When a new banking service is launched, as was the case with PIX, cybercriminals also take advantage of the popularity to create new attacks. PIX-themed scams, for example, have already had more than 62 thousand hits and shares in 2021 alone”
Simoni also clarifies the harm to the victim of financial scams: “When the victim enters his data on the malicious link, he is vulnerable to theft of this personal information, which can be used by cybercriminals to make virtual purchases, to subscribe to online services and even to open bank accounts. Another problem is when the victim shares the fake website with his contacts, he becomes a vector for the spread of the scam, which guarantees cybercriminals an accelerated increase in attacks”.
Check out the experts’ tips to protect yourself
1 – SMS are the main means used to spread financial scams. Use mobile security solutions, such as dfndr security, which provide real-time protection against malicious links shared via SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and in the browser.
2 – Be careful when clicking on shared links on WhatsApp or on social networks. Never inform bank details on websites or applications of which you do not know the origin.
3 – Do not share links of dubious origin. When in doubt about whether a link is in fact safe, perform the free check on the dfndr lab website.
4 – Avoid using public or passwordless Wi-Fi networks to carry out financial transactions
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