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New online scams. For a family member and an ad on Facebook

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On Wednesday, the Scientific and Academic Computer Network (NASK) issued warnings against two types of fraud that have appeared in the Polish digital space. In the first, criminals try to extort our Facebook login details, and in the second, they impersonate family members.

Naukowa i Akademicka Sieć Komputerowa announced on Wednesday that the CERT Polska (Computer Emergency Response Team) team is monitoring the activities of criminals and warns against two campaigns.

Fake Facebook sale ad

As NASK informed, the fraudsters’ scenario begins with posting an advertisement for the sale of an item on Facebook. If the portal user expresses interest in purchasing, the scammers contact him via private message.

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“They send the potential victim a link to a page where there is supposedly more information about the product being sold. In fact, it is a fake Facebook login panel used to extort the victim’s access data” – informed NASK. She added that the purpose of the attack is to hijack a social network account, which can then be used for other malicious activities, such as trying to extort money from the victim’s friends or tricking them into installing malware.

Fake SMS from family members

NASK also warned against scammers who impersonate family members. They send text messages with information about the change of phone number and a request to contact via WhatsApp messenger.

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“The sent text message contains information about the change of phone number and a request to contact via WhatsApp messenger. If the recipient of the message contacts scammers, he encounters an attempt to extort money, for example under the pretext of a failure and the need to buy a new phone” – NASK informed. She added that in fact the extorted money goes to the criminals’ account.

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