Unfortunately, as e-commerce has grown throughout Covid, the scams associated with it have also grown, reports WalesOnline.
According to Which ?, reports of “smishing” have increased 700% in the first six months of 2021 compared to the previous six months, and now the watchdog is warning of the new “brushing” scam Where scammers send mystery deliveries from Amazon to households.
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Brian Higgins, Security Specialist at Comparitech, said: “These types of frauds will become much more prevalent as Christmas approaches and people’s vulnerability will be exacerbated by discussions of supply chain shortages etc. be supported by text messages requesting excess shipping charges. “
When it comes to avoiding scams, knowledge is power. Here, the experts explain what to watch out for and how to react.
“Delivery scams often come in the form of a link that appears to be from a parcel service,” says Javvad Malik, senior security awareness advocate at KnowBe4 (knowbe4.com). “It can take the form of an e-mail (phishing) or an SMS (smishing). Often times, a tracking number is included with a message, whether it is legitimate or not.
Even if you are expecting a package, do not click on the link. Go to the delivery website and copy and paste the tracking number to verify if it is genuine.
“The best advice is always the hardest to follow,” says Higgins, “which is to ignore them and wait for your package to arrive. Never click on any links or attachments, and don’t be tempted to reply or interact with the sender.
“If there really is a problem, the courier company will usually leave a card at your address. Anyone asking for card details or other personal information these days outside of genuine retail websites is almost certainly trying to rip you off.
Blow-dry is a new type of scam where scammers send mystery orders to Amazon in hopes of increasing third-party seller ratings. There are fears that since Which? First warned of brushing in December 2018, more than one million UK homes have been targeted.
Jonathan Miles, Head of Strategic Intelligence and Security Research at Mimecast, said: “This type of scam may seem harmless, but it’s often a sign of a previously compromised account that allowed personal data to leak out. fall into the hands of cybercriminals.
“It is likely that this would have happened as a result of a data breach. “
However, the data could have been legally acquired by a marketing company. He continued, “As we know in data protection, if you click on the fact that you are happy for your details to be passed on to third parties, you may fall victim to these scams. Consumers should be tired of these attacks on the increase and make sure they don’t click on suspicious links in emails.
Even if you receive a mystery return, there is no obligation to return the product. According to one? survey, 63 percent of people who received unknown shipments kept them, while the rest were thrown away or given away.
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