Cybercriminals are using fake Black Friday deals to steal your credit card details

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With Black Friday 2021 approaching, cybercriminals are trying and scamming more and more people with their credit card details, passwords and other sensitive information, as Kaspersky warned.

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The security giant claims that the number of fake e-payment sites has more than doubled in the period between September 2021, where it tracked 627,560 phishing attacks of this nature, to October where it reached 1,935,905 – 208% increase of.

Criminals often try and steal Amazon’s identity, but eBay, Alibaba and Mercado were also mentioned as popular choices among malicious actors.

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Black Friday may have played a significant role in this sudden surge in phishing attacks, but Kaspersky says the introduction of the new payment system in more countries around the world was also a major factor.

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Mimicking e-payment pages, the report also noted an increase in spam letters, with Kaspersky finding more than 220,000 spam emails containing the keyword “Black Friday” in the period between October 27 and November 19.

There are many things consumers can (and should) do to stay safe when shopping online, especially at a time when fraudulent activity has increased.

Kaspersky recommends several steps, which include using a reliable security solution; Refraining from opening email attachments or links from banks, e-payment apps or shopping portals – “especially if the sender insists on it”.

Consumers should always double-check the format of the URL or the spelling of the company name, as well as read reviews and check the domain’s registration data before filling in any valuable information.

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