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Tuesday, 24 November 2020 09:18

Kaspersky warns of fake Amazon sites ahead of Black Friday

Noushin Shabab: “If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is." Noushin Shabab: “If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is." Supplied

Russian security firm Kaspersky claims to have detected close to 20,000 phishing attempts this year by people using fake Amazon websites and has issued a warning to consumers ahead of Black Friday not to be deceived by anyone this tactic.

The company said in a statement that its anti-phishing tool had been triggered by fake Amazon phishing Web pages a total of 19,883 times in 2020.

Additionally, Kaspersky said global malware detections showed 16 malware families had been targeting those who used more than 400 e-commerce and financial sites such as eBay and Alibaba.

Kaspersky ANZ senior security researcher Noushin Shabab said Australians should be wary of Black Friday sales scams.

“If a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. However, the good news for consumers is that through simple precautionary measures and remaining vigilant, they can stay safe while enjoying the shopping experience," she said.


One of the many fake Amazon website detected by Kaspersky. Screenshot courtest Kaspersky

Shabab said consumers could follow the tips given below in order to improve their chances of not getting caught up in scams:

  • "Only shop with legitimate online stores. This also includes smaller online stores. If you’re not sure about a store, check review sites, social media or give them a call!;
  • "Verify any discounts you receive;
  • "Complete purchases through secure payment methods (check for the padlock); and
  • "Secure your online account passwords with the use of a password manager."

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