Gas shortage: Cybercriminals use social networks to profit from crisis

Solidarity is not always appropriate in times of crisis. Gas shortage is an obvious example. As often happens, scammers saw an opportunity in current conditions to rob the most gullible Internet users. phishing campaigns aims to steal your personal data. At a time when everyone has the most difficulty finding a service station, the most common scam is 200 liters of free petrol if the owner responds to an online survey.

By following the link we see that there are only three questions in the survey. The cybercriminals get right to the point: the survey asks you to enter your personal information, including your credit card number, which will be used to pay you €1.95 to gain the right to two hectoliters of fuel. For those who had come this far, it was only the beginning of the setbacks. They just fell victim to a less elaborate, but demonically effective phishing campaign. Some unfortunate people testify Withdraw up to 50€ for subscriptions to services that do not exist.

Jubileo card fraud continues to resurface on social media

This type of scam continues to claim victims, even if it has already been reported to the authorities. Facebook, for example, claims to delete pages and groups praising the benefits of these fuel cards, but nothing helps, they keep reappearing in the social network. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook are notoriously inefficient at blocking the flow of violent or inappropriate comments. Frauds are even harder to detect.

Often, there is no miraculous recipe to protect against this type of fraud. First of all, it should be noted that transactions made through social networks do not offer any security guarantee. On the contrary, Facebook groups are full of scammers small or more organized gangs that can create phishing sites and set up fake call centers. If it’s too good to be true… it probably isn’t.

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