A new, and oh-so-simple and deviously obvious scam has hit the Internet. According to a report in iAfrica, phishers are now purchasing ads on search engines such as Google, offering cheap airline tickets, and then sitting back and waiting for unsuspecting bargain shoppers to come to them.
The cheap airline ticket phishers were first identified earlier this week by security firm Panda Software. According to Panda, once the user clicks on the link they are taken to “an Internet address offering cheap flights.Â The site includes a form asking the user to enter personal details, including their credit card number, expiry date and verification value (CVV).Â Once these details have been entered, to prolong the illusion, an error page is displayed telling the user that the transaction has been unsuccessful, and offering instructions on how to pay for the ticket by postal money order.”
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Double dipping the victim.
And while this week’s discovery was phishing sites for cheap airline tickets, there is every reason to believe that this will spread, and may indeed by the next big wave of phishing. It’s so simple. Put up an ad, and let the user come to you.
In order to protect yourself from this type of scam, Panda Software Director Luis Corrons advises “to treat “bargains” with suspicion, and only make online purchases from trusted sites.Â Â In any event, if in doubt, it is a good idea to search for information about the website in question on the Internet.Â Users should be able to find opinions and experiences of other users who have used the same service.”
And remember, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.
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