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WhatsApp is now a hotbed of delivery service scams

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Kaspersky revealed that fraud claiming to be an online delivery service had increased significantly on WhatsApp.

WhatsApp is now a hotbed of delivery service scams – Kaspersky is reportedly starting to urge gadget users, especially WhatsApp users, to be more careful in opening or replying to messages claiming to be from delivery services related to online shopping. The company revealed this is because more and more fraud is carried out through the WhatsApp application.

As reported by TechRadar (9/8). Kaspersky said there was a significant increase in fraudulent activity. Taking advantage of the massive growth in online delivery driven by the pandemic.

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The perpetrators sent invoices in multiple languages, requesting payment for the cost of import duties and shipping. This means shipments come from overseas in the message. Embedded links or attachments will take victims to fake websites, where their banking or credit card details can be stolen.

Criminals have also reportedly started running websites offering¬†lotere-esque¬†schemes. This allows potential victims to buy something that cannot reach their territory. But in fact, the goods never reached the front of the buyer’s house.

Spam and Phishing

“Spam and phishing schemes are still the most effective ways to launch attacks, and they have a fairly high percentage of success because they play with human emotions. The best thing a user can do is be on the lookout for unexpected emails and be very careful about clicking on any email attachment or link directly to the site,” said Tatyana Shcherbakova, Senior Web Content Analyst at Kaspersky.

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Apart from that, scams have also occurred taking advantage of WhatsApp’s recent privacy policy changes. Users are sent an invitation to join a WhatsApp chat with a “beautiful stranger” – but when they click the link, they are taken to a fake Facebook login page where their login information is stolen.

Kaspersky recommends that users check any links in messages or emails before clicking and install comprehensive security solutions to ensure they stay protected from the latest threats.


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