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Romantic phishing is on the rise, hereaACAOs how you can avoid losing money while losing your heart.

Summary: New Delhi [India], Feb 14 (ANI):EeKaspersky Lab experts have detected a sharp increase in phishing activities from criminals offering users various romantic goods on the eve of St. ValentineaACAOs Day.Ee

New Delhi [India], Feb 14 (ANI):EeKaspersky Lab experts have detected a sharp increase in phishing activities from criminals offering users various romantic goods on ValentineaACAOs Day.Ee

The total number of user attempts to visit fraudulent websites with a romantic theme that were detected and blocked during the first half of February, more than doubled compared to the corresponding time in 2018. This is a stark reminder that fraudsters are always looking for an excuse to steal usersaACAO data and money.

Phishing is one of the most popular and easiest social engineering techniques to exploit online users. It is a type of fraud where criminals use deception to acquire usersaACAO credentials aAC" from passwords to credit card numbers, bank account details and other financially important information.

Phishing emails and websites usually come disguised as legitimate ones that encourage a recipient, for one reason or another, to urgently enter their personal data. They are often fuelled by the news agenda, be it major sport event or thematic holidays. St. ValentineaACAOs Day is no exception.

The overall number of user attempts to visit fraudulent websites that were detected and blocked by Kaspersky Lab solutions in the first half of February 2019 aAC"the days leading up to February 14aAC" dramatically peaked from over two million in 2018 to more than 4.3 million this year. According to statistics, the most affected countries were Brazil (a more than 6.4% share of detections), Portugal (more than 5.8%), and Venezuela (5.5%). They were followed by Greece (5.3%) and Spain (5.1%).

Deeper analysis into the sent emails has shown that fraudsters are particularly exploiting pre-order gift items and performance enhancing drugs as a trap to lure users into sharing their credentials in order to please their loved ones. This again proves the findings of Kaspersky LabaACAOs own survey, indicating that when it comes to love, users tend to lose their vigilance.

aACoeOur research has shown that there is no difference between phishing activities exploiting major sporting events, fake payment bills, or a more romantic pretext. They all just need to drive usersaACAO emotions, be it excitement, stress, or love. Thus, almost anything can become an attack tool in the cyber fraudstersaACAO hands. The detected spike reminds us that we should always be cautious when surfing the web even we are just buying flowers for our loved one,aACA[yen] warned Andrey Kostin, Senior Web-Content Analyst at Kaspersky Lab.

Kaspersky Lab advice for staying safe:

aACAo Phishers often exploit emotions aAC" including those connected with relationships and love. Signs that there could be phishers aiming to exploit your romantic expectations include messages that demand immediate action, ask for vast amounts of very personal and seemingly irrelevant information, or which simply sound too good to be true.

aACAo Pay extra attention to emails promising aACAyone time onlyaACAO offers or various goods for free. If emails come from people or organizations you donaACAOt know, or have suspicious or unusual addresses think twice before opening. Do not click on links until you are sure that they are legitimate and start with aACAyhttpsaACAO, especially when any personal or financial information is asked for.

aACAo Have a separate bank card and account with a limited amount of money, specifically for buying flowers or making a table reservation. This will help to avoid serious financial losses if your bank details are stolen.

aACAo Use a reliable security solution with anti-phishing and secure payment capabilities, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud. (ANI)

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Date:Feb 14, 2019
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