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“Phishing” campaigns occur in the summer and skyrocket at the expense of tourism

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MADRID, June 18 (Portaltic/EP) –

Summer has come for “phishing” campaignsthat have exploded with vacation-related content at the expense of tourism, flooding the inboxes of their potential victims since last March.

The “phishing” campaigns, which use the summer as bait and capitalize on people’s greater interest in finding a trip for their vacation, were noted to have started in March bitdefender, However, April is the month with the highest number of fraudulent activities related to tourism when a 25 percent increase was detected.

This data, which is in Report prepared by Antispam Labexpect another peak to be reached in June, even pointing out that travel-related campaigns are particularly focused on the United States (37%), Ireland (18%), India (12%) and the United Kingdom (9th %) have concentrated. ). ).


These campaigns rely on various techniques used by cyber criminals to trick potential victims into obtaining their credit card numbers and other personal details, or trick them into installing malware on their computers by visiting or on malicious websites Click surveys or contests that promise you substantial prizes in return.

The topic, the first contact with the malicious mail, usually refers to bonus flight hours, holiday apartments and package deals, receipts and reservation confirmations as well as the flight ticket raffle.

The tech company notes in a statement that “cyber criminals are unimaginative with this element.” On the other hand, in addition to the names of well-known airlines such as Delta, American Airlines, United Airlines and, in the case of North America, Alaska Airlines, cyber criminals often use keywords related to summer vacations as bait in their messages. Its use is related to fraud They promise prizes if the user fills out a survey.

Antispam Lab team has also detected some malicious campaigns through its “Antispam” and “Antimalware” filters where the attacker impersonates a tour operator or a well-known hotel chain like Panorama Tours and Accor Hotels in order to steal the credentials from its victims with a trojan.

Another practice of these cyber criminals is to trick their victims into downloading a file in the form of a credit card bill or receipt using malicious domains and links. trigger an emotional reaction in them.


Faced with these threats, Bitdefender suggests doing research before booking a holiday through an ad on a social network. He also advises being careful with positive ratings and high scores. because they can be faked.

Experts also recommend making sure the reservation and accommodation are genuine before making any payments and avoiding clicking on unwanted links or documents.

The user should try it too Go to legitimate platforms and use local anti-scam and “anti-phishing” systems to ensure you don’t end up on a fake website.

Before making an offer, the user must pay attention not only to “too good to be true”, but also to possible signs of deception, which appear in the form of spelling mistakes or inconsistencies in the way he is addressed.

When calling an agency, it is recommended not to give sensitive information such as credit card details to a travel agent. also given the risk of losing the reservation.

When paying for a reservation, experts advise never using bank or cryptocurrency transfers. Instead, it is preferable to use a credit card or PayPal to have evidence in case of fraudulent charges.

Source europapress.es

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