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  Technology   In Other news  20 Jan 2020  Scammers exploit new ‘data-leak-compensation’ scheme

Scammers exploit new ‘data-leak-compensation’ scheme

THE ASIAN AGE
Published : Jan 20, 2020, 12:58 pm IST
Updated : Jan 20, 2020, 12:58 pm IST

Kaspersky experts have identified a brand-new scheme that exploits these issues around privacy.

The scheme involves a website allegedly owned by the Personal Data Protection Fund, founded by the US Trading Commission.
 The scheme involves a website allegedly owned by the Personal Data Protection Fund, founded by the US Trading Commission.

Kaspersky experts have detected a new online fraud scheme designed to trick people into thinking they are owed compensation. Under the pretext of offering compensation for personal data leaks, scammers instead urge users to buy ‘temporary US social security numbers’ worth around $9 each. Victims were found in Russia, Algeria, Egypt and the UAE, as well as other countries.

Privacy and data protection are among the most discussed topics in recent years. This is no surprise, as so have the penalties being handed out to companies that have experienced data breaches. This, like any other attention-grabbing subjects, could only attract from fraudsters who are eager to earn money at the expense of others.

 

Kaspersky experts have identified a brand new scheme that exploits these issues around privacy. The scheme involves a website allegedly owned by the Personal Data Protection Fund, founded by the US Trading Commission. As stated, the fund issues compensation to those who may have been subject to a personal data leak and is available to citizens from any country in the world.

For those interested, the site offers to check whether user data has ever been leaked. For this, one needs to provide their specific surname, first name, phone number, and social media accounts. Once this has been done, an alert is shown indicating that the user has experienced a leak, which can include data such as photos, videos, and contact information, entitling the user to compensation of thousands of dollars. However, fraudsters do not just ask for a user to enter a bank card number and wait for the payment to be credited; users inevitably need to offer their own social security numbers (SSN – a nine-digit number issued to US citizens as well as permanent and temporary working residents).

 

In any possible scenario – be it the absence of the SSN or entering the correct existing SSN – the website alerts mistakes and offers to sell a temporary one for the $9 price. Upon agreement, the victim is redirected to this payment form in Russian or English with the purchase price specified in rubles or dollars respectively. The specific form depends on the victim’s IP address.

In order to stay protected from the potential risks of online fraud, Kaspersky experts advise:

  • Do not trust payment offers. If someone promises a large cash payout for something as trivial as taking part in a survey, it is almost certainly a trick. And if you are asked to pay something to then receive the funds, you can be doubly sure it’s a swindle.
  • Use trusted resources. Search the organization to see if it actually exists and if it does, take a close look at its website. Pay attention to the language: a reputable organization will not publish text full of errors and typos.
  • Use a reliable security solution, such as Kaspersky Security Cloud, for comprehensive protection from a wide range of threats

 

Tags: scammers, cybercrime, kaspersky