According to a report by the European Central Bank (ECB), fraudulent transactions in digital media amount to 1.8 billion euros per year.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and new technologies, more and more transactions are carried out online. But this has also facilitated the growth of cybercrime and digital fraud
through which criminals appropriate personal information, such as bank details, etc.
To detect fraud or scams on the network, it is important to know what are the most frequent methods used by cybercriminals.Let's look at some of the most common Internet scams:E-commerce and online shopping
Scams related to online purchases are the most common in the digital field. Many of them take place on fraudulent websites
Typically, cybercriminals entice users to purchase products that don't exist.
These fraudulent sites consist of a website that the attacker has created
imitating the format of real sites and attracting buyers.How do we avoid these frauds?
If when we browse the site, a "not secure" site appears on the top bar, it means that have not obtained an SSL certificate
that guarantees data security. Therefore, we always recommend browsing only official and safe websites
is also a common practice used by cybercriminals for banking information and personal data of customers and Internet users.
Phishing includes all those malicious emails
that reach a user asking for their private information through a banner, URL, or an infected file.
Normally these emails are sent to the supposed name of recognized companies related to the user in question.How to avoid these emails?If we receive emails with promotions that are too flashy and advantageous, they are probably false or contain a computer virus to steal our data.
We should also look at the sender and if it looks suspicious, just discard the email.SMS or messages from other networks
There are also frequent cases in which SMS messages or messaging platforms are used, as is the case with WhatsApp.
These frauds involve impersonating users, recognized companies, and public institutions so that the victim falls for the deception
Therefore, we must avoid these frauds by evaluating the authenticity of any message
coming from these networks that ask for access to our data.Striking ads or advertisements
How many times do we browse a website and extremely colorful and eye-catching banners and advertisements appear?
For example, earning easy money, online dating, fictitious job offers, etc., are the type of offers with which we must be very careful on the Internet.