Online scams – buying a mattress can cost you a good night’s sleep


The end of the year is a period reserved for many offers from retail chains and stores that usually provide numerous benefits if you shop online. Online shopping has been popular for years, and now it has become common, both in the world and in our country. Even special holidays are founded on this basis. You must all have heard of “Cyber ​​Monday”, the day when shopping is done online with various benefits or for the popular shopping holiday called “Black Friday”, which is celebrated this very week.

It is undeniable that these kinds of actions give you the opportunity to make a really good purchase for yourself or to meet some major consumer needs for your family. However, it is recommended that you be especially careful in such situations, as numerous fake sites and online scams appear at the same time, which count on your impulsiveness when making such a purchase. So, what at first appears to you as unbelievable good offer – maybe not really, and there is a certain probability that it is a scam. The methods and methods of online fraud are becoming more and more sophisticated and visually difficult to recognize from year to year.

The last in a series of scams, which was current recently, offered the possibility of a very favorable purchase of “Antistress Mattress” dimensions 160×200 cm. Very convenient, nothing – it would only cost you all your personal data and money from the account. Namely, when you have decided to buy this item via the link you received, you have the option to choose your bank from a number of banks, and to pay what you want. When you click on the icon of your bank, a window opens that looks identical to your eBanking. But it’s not your eBanking page – it’s a great copy. The layout of the page is specially adapted for each of the banks from the list (which includes most of the banks from our market) and, when you click on the icon of any bank, you will get a very realistic view of the eBanking page of that particular bank.

Logically, you are asked to enter your details, username and password. If you do this, you will not be able to pay for the mattress at that moment, but you will give the fraudsters your access data and they can then easily log in to your eBanking and dispose of your money and all the data that is there.

Only the extremely careful checked the address field and saw that they were not in their bank’s eBanking, but in an unknown location. The first thing that should be suspicious in this case, in addition to the fake address, is that there is no https protocol, as well as the fact that logging into eBanking is required, instead of the usual payment card entry or QR code scanning.

Rest assured that the same scam exists for various other items – this last one, fortunately, was quickly and successfully prevented. That’s why it is very important that you never give in to pressure and don’t be hasty, but that you behave very carefully during any online activity and that you are always skeptical about the protection of personal data.

Internet scams are more and more common and harder to recognize, while scammers are unfortunately becoming more skilled at what they do. To protect yourself and shop safely, on the site First banks you can read more useful tips for safe online shopping.



Source: Personal magazin by www.personalmag.rs.

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