Kaspersky spotted an increase of phishing attacks mimicking e-payment pages in this Black Friday period. 

The company recorded doubled number of financial phishing attacks from September (627,560) to October 2021 (1,935,905), indicating a 208% increase. 

As the sales season attracts the attention of shoppers and retailers, it also becomes a hub for cybercriminals to cash in on online shoppers by creating fake pages mimicking the biggest retail platforms and e-payment systems. The first ten months of 2021 reflect on that, as the company detected over 40 million phishing attacks targeting e-commerce, e-shopping platforms, and banking institutions as per the report. 

The number of phishing attempts using shopping platforms as a lure in 2021. (source: Kaspersky)

There also has been a rise in the number of spam letters detected by Kaspersky’s products. For example, an active spread of spam emails with 221 745 emails containing the words “Black Friday” was spotted during the month amid the sales season, from October 27 to November 19. 

Kaspersky also revealed that the most popular platforms used as bait to spread phishing pages were Amazon and eBay, followed by Alibaba and Mercado Libre.

To enjoy the best that Black Friday has to offer this year, Kaspersky suggests following a few safety recommendations:

Use a reliable security solution, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud, that identifies malicious attachments and blocks phishing sites – both on your computer and mobile device.

Do not open attachments or click on links in emails from banks, e-payment apps, or shopping portals, particularly if the sender insists on it. It is better to go to the official website directly and log in to your account from there.

Double-check the format of the URL or the spelling of the company name, as well as read reviews and check the domain’s registration data before filling out any information

Be wary of any deals that seem too good to be true – they usually are

To read Kaspersky’s ‘Black Friday 2021: How to Have a Scam-Free Shopping Day’ report, check it here.

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