Be careful with these messages!  Cybercriminals use them to steal your data

The arrival of the Qatar 2022 World Cup not only brought with it a wave of soccer fans seeking not to miss a single detail of the most important and anticipated sporting event of the year, but also a large number of cybercriminals that are on the lookout for the personal data of users.

As Kaspersky analysts, an international company dedicated to computer security, have alerted, phishing is, at the moment, one of the most common trends that seeks to violate the privacy and security of navigators.

According to the international computer security company ‘Panda Security’, phishing refers to “sending emails or direct messages that appear to be from trusted sources (such as banks, energy companies, etc.) but are actually intended to manipulate the recipient into stealing confidential information”.

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Before opening any message, betting money online or accessing a free streaming offer, be aware of the most common scams that are around the web these days.

The three most common scams

Fake tickets for events in general, but especially for concerts, local shows and football matches, are the bait most often used by criminals to attract victims. Fake tickets for the Qatar 2022 World Cup are, for example, one of the most common scams.

The experts discovered that, through fake web pages, the crooks try to get users to take the bait in order to get hold of confidential and highly exploitable financial data.

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Under this modality, cybercriminals could access personal and bank data and, of course, users’ money. Without leaving aside the fact that this information could be used for other, much more fraudulent purposes or for sale on the Dark Web.

If, suddenly, you receive a message on your cell phone promising free streaming access to any of the 64 matches of the Qatar 2022 World Cup, be wary. This is, according to Kaspersky, another of the most common scams.

“In some countries to be able to watch the games on mobile phones you have to pay. So if the criminal offers a free stream, he will attract attention and many people will click, which represents an opportunity for attack ”explained Fabio Assolini, director of the Kaspersky research and analysis team for Latin America, in dialogue with ‘Publimetro’.

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The computing landscape has been overshadowed by the active spread of various crypto scams, mostly those exploiting the popularity of NFTs, or non-fungible tokens. Online gambling and crypto investing are ultimately the most dangerous trends on the web.

By entering crypto wallet credentials, scammers gain access to all savings and wallet data related to the user.

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How to avoid being scammed?

Kaspersky notes that one strategy to avoid falling victim to scams is to check links before clicking. In other words, check that the URL is free of spelling errors and other irregularities that could later result in a computer attack.

Note that legitimate companies do not unexpectedly contact you via email or ask for personal or banking informationsuch as credit cards, social security number, etc.according to the information security company.

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