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Mind the Scam: Safe Shopping on Singles' Day
Kaspersky researchers have reported on a sharp increase in fraudulent activities around e-commerce during an active sales period, Singles' Day (November 11).  While the Singles' Day "holiday" originated in China, it has become a relevant ecommerce holiday around the world, and scammers are now targeting users in different languages. 

Kaspersky researchers detected a spike in financial phishing attacks before the big Singles' Day sale in 2018. The average number of financial phishing attacks fluctuated at around 350,000 per day in October, and just before Singles' Day 2018, the spike in attacks reached more than 950,000. Researchers also discovering similar spam and phishing attacks in the present day and strongly encourage consumers to be mindful when making online purchases.

 

"While Single's Day is the best time to shop, as discounts and promotions are well-advertised to users, this is also a peak time for phishers and spammers," said Andrey Kostin, security researcher at Kaspersky. "Fraudsters become more active during this period. In the pursuit of great discounts and limited offers, people lose their vigilance and are less likely to distinguish a phishing website from a legitimate one. However, such things should not be an obstacle for those hunting the best offers. Consumers have nothing to worry about if they follow the rules of basic cybersecurity hygiene, so good luck to everyone in finding the greatest deals of the year."

To shop safely this Singles' Day, Kaspersky researches suggest:
  • If you receive a link to a great offer via email, make sure to check the embedded hyperlink - sometimes it may differ from the visible one. If it does, access the deal page directly through the legitimate website.
  • Only make purchases through official marketplaces and pay attention to the web addresses if you are redirected to them from other landing pages. If they differ from the official retailer, consider checking the offer you were redirected to by looking for it on the official web page.
  • Use a security solution with behavior-based anti-phishing technologies, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud or Kaspersky Total Security, which will notify you if you are trying to visit a phishing web page.
  • Never use the same password for several websites or services, because if one is stolen, all your accounts will be made vulnerable. To create strong hack-proof passwords without having to face the struggle of remembering them, use password managers, such as Kaspersky Password Manager
Published Friday, November 08, 2019 7:17 AM by David Marshall
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