Beware of Prime Day phishing SCAMS: McAfee researchers warn of impending cyber attacks prior to the popular online shopping day
- Researchers warn that phishers will target people on Amazon Prime Day
- Buyers must watch out for emails sent by Amazon that may contain scams
- With a toolkit, hackers can deceive people and reveal passwords
- To prevent scams, people should view emails critically and avoid suspicious links
- A group on Facebook selling phishing tools has yet to be removed
Discounted TVs are not the only risk to your wallet during the upcoming Amazon Prime Day sale.
According to security researchers at McAfee, phishers are preparing a series of Prime Day-related scams that are meant to mislead people into giving up their sensitive information.
Using an & # 39; Amazon Phishing Kit & # 39; researchers say hackers can send malicious emails that appear to be from Amazon and that contain links that lead victims to a fake Amazon login page.
Phishing attacks target Amazon customers before the company's two-day sale, Prime Day on July 15 and 16.
HOW TO STAY SAFE
To prevent you from being scammed, you can take some precautions:
- Carefully review emails sent by Amazon and make sure the shipping address actually comes from the company
- Avoid following embedded links in emails for which you must enter your login information
- Always check the URL of sites you are being redirected to when you click
- Go directly to the company page by entering the URL yourself, instead of just following the following links
Once there, ignorant users can enter their login details, which are then immediately sent to a hacker's inbox in the Telegram encrypted messaging app.
As reported by WiredConsumer events such as Prime Day are a particularly juicy opportunity for scammers who want to maim victims by looking at their personal data.
& # 39; Cyber criminals use popular, highly visible events when consumers expect an increased frequency of emails, when their malicious emails are more likely to hide in the clutter, & # 39; Crane Hassold, threat information manager at the digital fraud-proof company Agari, told Wired.
& # 39; Consumers are also more likely to receive marketing or advertising emails during certain times of the year – Black Friday, Christmas, Memorial Day – and cyber criminals formulate their attack methods to increase the chances of success. & # 39;
Using the kit called 16Shop, scammers can create an email that looks like it has come from a legitimate company.
If the victims in the email interact with links linked to a PDF, phishers can quickly hide with a lot of personal information.
A risk for victims is credit card information, birthdays, addresses and even social security numbers.
The kit was originally designed to target Apple users, but according to researchers, Prime Day seems to be the current target of phishing.
A risk is the credit card information of customers, birthdays, home addresses and even their social security numbers. File photo
To prevent them from being scammed, researchers recommend that you study Amazon emails carefully and refrain from following links to enter login information sent via email.
Just assessing an email based on whether the address from which it was sent is no longer adequate, says security analysts, because even emails can be forged.
Instead, it's best to go directly to a company's page by entering a URL in your address bar and continuing from there.
Wired reports that the McAfee researchers reported that a group on Facebook reportedly sold its kit and offered support to phishers in their search to bil people out of their personal information, but Facebook has not yet removed the group from its platform.
Amazon Prime takes place on July 15 and 16.
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