A new fraud method discovered in the United States and the United Kingdom this time takes advantage of the Corona virus. Scammers send messages to their victims that appear to have been sent from authorized names.
The evil people who use the fears of people for their own benefit are again with the Corona virus today. Many people in the United States and the UK have fallen victim to those who show themselves as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or virologists.
These people, who wanted to deceive people, were spreading the knowledge that there were new infected people in the areas of the people they deceived and provided “security measures”. Let’s take a look at how the virus, which has been infected by 14.591 people and killed 305 people, has turned into tools by bad people.
Scammers hunt their victims with false information:
Researchers at KnowBe4, which offers electronic fraud and security awareness training, managed to uncover such fraud. According to the scam discovered, scammers give lists of infected people around them to trick their potential victims. Of course, there is no infection in any of the names on this list.
The victims then click on a link embedded in the message and transferred to the site where the fraud will take place. All messages are sent under the name CDC Heath Alert Network. The links sent to the victims are well preserved as if they were reaching the CDC website.
But victims who click on the link in the incoming messages lose their valuable information on the Outlook themed site to which they are directed. Scammers take personal information from anyone who clicks on this link. Let’s look at another example of fraud.
The virus is integrated into the files:
This time, fraudsters show themselves as a counselor to the virus in Wuhan, sending messages to users that they should take certain precautions. Although the measures appear to be in a file sent with the message, its main purpose is of course to capture the information.
The message sent contains a file called ‘Security precautions.pdf’. This file descends when the link is clicked, but the only thing that lands is not the file itself. Fraudsters have integrated malware that users use to capture their information in this file.
Both discovered examples use the Emotet trojan virus. People who use the Emotet virus usually keep track of important events, trends or upcoming important days, giving access to thousands of users’ data. Therefore, it is useful to be a little timid about clicking on the links in the messages you receive.