Job promise attracts victims for WhatsApp scams – Security

Brazil registered in October 12.5 million unemployed people, according to IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics). The situation is bad for the economy, but very good for scammers on the internet, which attract more victims in search of jobs.

Job promise attracts victims in WhatsApp scams (Photo by Webster2703 / Pixabay)

The attacks are mainly disseminated through WhatsApp and aim to steal personal data and access credentials to social networks. To attract victims, cybercriminals post links similar to those of famous companies with changes in some characters.

Upon opening the page, the victim is encouraged to answer a survey and share the link with friends on WhatsApp to finalize their alleged registration. Then, she is directed to a page where she is asked to indicate her access data to social networks or information such as full name and CPF.

According to the dfndr lab, PSafe’s digital security lab, fake job scams became more common on WhatsApp and social media. The company recorded a 174% increase in scam attempts detected between January and October 2019 compared to the same period last year.

Coup attempts went from 861,962 records in the first ten months of 2018 to 2,368,296, in the same interval in 2019, according to the dfndr lab. The group identifies, on average, 10 new links per month of this type of attack.

For the director of the dfndr lab, Emilio Simoni, the difference between scams such as fake employment is that, by obtaining data from social networks, cybercriminals are able to spread other scams with messages to the victims’ friends, in addition to creating publications to increase their reach of the malicious link.

“It is also common for cybercriminals to use the victim’s personal data for financial fraud, such as soliciting improper loans, making purchases and even opening fake companies,” explains Simoni.

According to him, the trend is that scams from fake jobs will become more common in the coming weeks. This is because, as Christmas approaches, the supply of temporary vacancies increases, leaving the environment conducive to this type of attack.

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