Next time you get an email from WhatsApp, Microsoft or DHL, think again.
These three brands are among the most scammed brands used to defraud people of money, experts have revealed.
Delivery service DHL topped the list, with names being abused in nearly a quarter of phishing emails, according to Check Point Research.
This is followed by Microsoft in 20% of phishing attacks and WhatsApp with 11%, as crooks try to lure users in with familiar logos and companies.
WhatsApp rose from 6th to 3rd place overall.
But DHL has overtaken Microsoft to become number one at a time when we rely more on home delivery than ever during a pandemic, showing how opportunistic cybercriminals are.
Such attacks are stealthy, as criminals try to gain your trust by imitating famous brands.
They’ve gotten even better at it, using web addresses that are similar to the real thing and separating the official sites so you can’t tell the difference.
When you visit the fake website, the forms will be used to steal your user details and payment information.
“This quarter we saw global logistics company DHL topping the rankings for the first time as the brand most likely to be imitated, presumably to capitalize on the number of buyers New and potentially vulnerable online shopping spiked during the busiest retail period of the year,” said Omer Dembinsky, from Check Point Research.
“Older users in particular, who are less likely to be tech-savvy than younger generations, will be shopping online for the first time and may not know what to look for in things like delivery confirmation emails or tracking update.
“Furthermore, the increase in COVID cases makes people trust transportation services more, and cybercriminals may be trying to take advantage of people who choose to stay indoors more.”
Google, Amazon, FedEx, Roblox, PayPal and Apple all made the top 10 in the latest results.
Experts also found that popular social media sites are also being spoofed more often.
They remind people the best way to protect themselves is to be careful when transferring sensitive information.
“Think twice before opening email attachments or links, especially emails claiming to be from companies like DHL, Microsoft or Whastapp, as they are most likely to be impersonated.”
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