Cyber fraud continues to rear its ugly head in the day-to-day activities of many Internet users worldwide. Recent scam complaints and Web crime reports in BigScammers.Com indicate that phishing attacks are still among the most prevalent forms of Internet scams this 2017. These phishing schemes are designed to steal the personal details, financial information and sensitive credentials from unsuspecting users.
RSA FraudAction’s latest report states that US-based users were the intended targets for no less than 48% of all phishing attacks that were launched around the world last year. However, 60% of all these phishing messages in 2016 also came from organized crime groups and solo fraudsters in the USA, according to RSA FraudAction. They also claim that 60 new phishing attacks are created and launched worldwide every 30 minutes on average, following the numbers that they tracked last year.
At the beginning of 2017, many American users posted complaints in BigScammers.Com against cyber fraud schemes that were designed to steal their Netflix account credentials and financial information. These Netflix scams are carried out through deceptive messages that are sent out to the scammer’s target recipients, saying that users need to update their Netflix account credentials and financial information to thwart possible security breaches and privacy leaks as reported by other users.
Similar to other cyber fraud tactics, these are just fake urgency claims and scare rhetoric that are laced into these deceptive emails and instant messages. The phishing messages that victims received had links that point to a rogue website. This is an exact clone of the Netflix video repository, which has apparently tricked a lot of users into believing that they’re actually in the official Netflix website.
Once they enter their account credentials and financial details, the fake site automatically logs and transmits their inputs to a remote server that’s controlled by the authors of these Netflix scams. These are then used for other illegal activities, such as for the creation of fake identity packages and stolen credit card offers that are sold in the Deep Web. This is exactly how this form of cyber fraud can get you into deep trouble, such as wrongful accusations and other legal complications.
Other Prevalent Cyber Fraud Schemes in the USA This Year
Money flipping scams were first reported in Facebook during the first couple of months of 2017. This type of cyber fraud is where American users were deceived into believing a bogus investment opportunity, as indicated by the many scam complaints in Big Scammers. It’s fairly obvious that many scammers would most likely want to target US-based Facebook users for similar online scams. That’s because 7 out of 10 American adult users are now checking into Facebook on a daily basis, according to the Pew Research Center.
WhatsApp users also had their share of cyber fraud at the early stages of this year. The objective of this online scam is to fool users into doing certain actions that can benefit the authors of this fraudulent Web scheme through the form of affiliate commission payouts. Many American users were tricked into believing that they can get free Internet connectivity without requiring any available wireless network, simply by following a set of instructions.
To access these instructions, victims are lead to a series of pages where they need to perform some things. One requirement is to send out the same message to at least 13 of the victim’s contacts in WhatsApp. That’s how this cyber fraud scheme still continues to be spread out across a lot of WhatsApp users up to this day.
If you want to learn about the newest cyber fraud tactics of crooks and organized crime groups at the moment, then you should sign up at BigScammers.Com. You’ll get emails with real time alerts and notifications about the most prevalent scams on the Internet today. These are sent out by this website as soon as a user posts or updates a scam complaint in this online community’s user-generated content repository. These updates will help you devise more suitable ways to quickly recognize potential scams, safely steer clear from Web crimes, and to prevent any other serious effects after you’ve fallen for a fraudulent Internet scheme.