Criminals are using the proximity of the World Cup to intensify scams that involve the football league, warns Kaspersky Lab on Friday (18). The digital security company says it has identified in recent days an increase in fake promotions of products ordered at this time, such as smart TVs.
It is important to be aware, as the blows are getting more and more sophisticated. In addition to fake sites, criminals use phishing tactics to catch victims by email, social ads and even SMS. Here are some tips for not falling into this trap.
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Tip 1. Be wary of very cheap products. Offering a very low price may be an indication that the advertisement is a scam. Before hitting the hammer and completing the purchase, make the strip of the value charged by other stores. You can use a comparator service (Zoom, Bondfaro and Buscapé, for example) to track price variation over time. A very bad value signals a warning signal.
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Tip 2. Check the URL. A fake website is the gateway to most of these crimes. They quite closely mimic the page of a store, which may go unnoticed by less attentive users.
Before clicking on a link make sure the URL is correct, letter by letter. An example would be the true site of a store being accessed by the link "sitedecompra.com". To try to confuse users, criminals create an Internet page with the URL similar to "sitedeconpra.com" or "saitedecompra.com".
If you still have questions, please enter the store name in the address bar yourself. If you prefer, search the store on the search engine (Google or Bing, for example) and be redirected. Usually, the true site gets ranked at the top in the search results.
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Tip 3. Security protocol. Generally, a fake site does not carry the SSL security certificate. It ensures that the data is encrypted and can not be accessed by third parties. You can check this information in the browser. Whenever you enter a store site, check if the URL starts with HTTPS or search for the lock (Chrome appears on the left side of the address bar).
HTTPS and padlock may be indicative that the site is true
Tip 4. Who the site is from. You can see the registration of the site when it was created and on behalf of which company. This can be done free of charge by Registro.br (//registro.br/2/whois) using a tool called Whois. Be aware of the date the site was registered. If it is too recent, it may be an indication that it is a coup. It is also interesting to see the email of the responsible - in scams, the domain is usually free. Another important tip is to check if the store is not part of Procon's blacklist.
Tip 5. Advertisements. Advertising on Facebook has been one of the forms used by criminals to attract victims. In this case, it is worth the hint of distrust of the price. Were you tempted to buy the product? For questions, you can go to the site manually by typing the name of the store in the address bar or by the browser. On the actual site, confirm that the price is as advertised. The same can be done if you received an SMS with some promotion.
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In the email, pay close attention to the sender's name. Confirm that the domain matches the one in the store and be suspicious if the message has Portuguese errors.
The general rule is not to enter confidential information, such as personal data and credit card number, nor to pay the ticket generated by the fake store if you suspect an irregularity. Some software can also help prevent shopping scams such as Kaspersky Internet Security solutions from ESET and AVG.
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