Information security expert Grigory Pashchenko spoke about the scheme of work of scammers posing as employees of online stores and enticing personal data of conditional victims, and also shared a way to protect their data. He announced this in his interview to radio Sputnik, published on Thursday, April 22.
He stressed that calls aimed at finding out the data of a bank card are an attempt to entice information about payment instruments or personal information.
“When we order something in a real online store, scammers can still find out about the order. After that, they contact the victim and introduce themselves as employees of the trading network, and then fraudulent actions begin. This is due to the fact that someone “leaked” you, – says the expert.
It is clarified that unscrupulous operators from the store’s call center can engage in such a “drain”, since with a small salary, the prospect of raising it to 150-200 thousand rubles through a fraudulent offer looks very tempting. An alternative source of information can be computers of employees who work in a remote format and do not pay sufficient attention to information security rules.
You can protect yourself from telephone scammers by calling the direct store to confirm your order or payment method. As a rule, attackers change their number to the number of an online store, and in order to make sure that the call is reliable, it will be easier to contact the operator yourself.
The day before, on April 21, a resident of the Orenburg region lost 600 thousand rubles by deception of “credit” swindlers.
A criminal case was initiated into the incident. The unknown person introduced himself to the victim as a bank employee and said that someone was allegedly trying to get a loan on his data, after which he offered him to conclude a deal on his own and transfer finances to a safe account. A resident of the Orenburg region obediently followed the instructions indicated by the fraudster, after which he realized that he had become a victim of deception.