While many stores remain closed in the Corona crisis, online retail is booming. This also creates fraudsters who exploit the situation with wrong shops and phishing emails.
Because of Covid-19, people are encouraged to stay at home and many stores have closed in brick-and-mortar stores. But the parcel service providers continue to work and online shopping is flourishing. This is also used by fraudsters who lure customers to fake shops with overly tempting offers or access customer data via phishing emails.
Warning of fake shops
How Mimicama Counterfeit shops, which advertise protective items such as respiratory masks or disinfectants, are currently booming. But in other areas it is also worth taking a close look at the shop before placing an order. Otherwise you can get rid of your money quickly, but you will not receive any goods in return.
If you want to shop at an online shop you don't know, research on the Internet is worthwhile. So you can find warnings from other customers about dubious offers. If there are no or only a few search results, this can also be a reference to a fake shop, since these often only exist for a short time.
Even with a supposedly known shop, it doesn't hurt to take a look at the URL. Strange special characters or unusual domain extensions indicate phishing sites for which fraudsters copy known websites. At the latest during the payment process you should be surprised if suddenly only prepayment by bank transfer is possible.
This gives, for example, detailed tips on how to recognize wrong shops State Criminal Police Office of Lower Saxony or the Consumer advice center. We have more tips for safe shopping on the Internet. We also tested offers and services from online shops.
Warning of phishing emails when delivering parcels
But even after the goods have been ordered, you are not safe from online fraud. Because the criminals also take advantage of the uncertainty about the existing restrictions for phishing emails. So reports the Austrian side Watchlist internet via phishing e-mails on Corona topics, which are sent on behalf of parcel deliverers or mobile service providers.
E-mails allegedly from DHL or other parcel service providers claim that delivery cannot take place “due to CoViD-19 precautions”. Customers should then enter their data on a website or download an attachment with further information. In the first case, the fraudsters tap the customer data, in the second case malware is loaded onto the computer or smartphone.
Mobile operators are also affected by corona-related phishing. The phishing emails on behalf of mobile or telephone providers promise unrealistic offers, such as unlimited Internet access, in relation to the restrictions imposed by Corona. Here, too, data is stolen or malware installed. Under no circumstances should you click on the relevant links or attachments. We have collected in an article what special offers mobile operators currently have.
In all cases, be careful, especially if an offer sounds too good to be true. Don't click on links or attachments in emails or text messages, and look for inconsistencies in the URL before entering personal information anywhere.