Online shoppers have been warned to be on guard as the Get Safe Online week comes to an end.
It claimed that while shopping online offers convenience, choice and value for money but wherever there is money being exchanged, fraudsters are waiting to take advantage of anyone who's not aware of the risks and fully protected.
With cyber Monday only a few days away when online shopping ahead of Christmas is expected to reach its peak, Mark Tickle, managing director of Webroot, said: “The challenge is protecting productivity through the right mix of rules and tools and ensuring corporate security without affecting the user experience.
“A well-deployed web filter should protect users from exposure to questionable content by blocking or removing inappropriate images or content, or warning users when they are at risk of breaking corporate policy. Not hindering legitimate activity.”
Proofpoint advised not to click on the links in a suspicious email, instead open a browser and type the actual seb address for the site into the address bar or call the company using a phone number you already know. It also advised when shopping online, entering important information such as credit card numbers or updating personal information, make sure you're using a secure website.
The Get Safe Online week began by focussing on money mules. Identity theft expert Robert Siciliano claimed that mules are often baited into setting up bank accounts that the criminal controls.
These bank accounts will be set up under the name of the mule to avoid detection and will be generally programmed to transfer money overseas, with most mules pulling money out of their pockets to front shipping costs with the promise of a big payoff. In the end the mule is often billed and ends up with an empty bank account.
Siciliano said: “If the credit card companies and banks would adopt widely available technologies that make the data useless to the thief in the form of effective authentication of the user, then none of this would be happening. But until industry changes what I think is “its evil and selfish ways” then they will keep tossing fuel on the fire.
“Maybe someone you know is naive enough to fall for one of these ruses. So keep in mind, if you are looking for a job online and see ‘shipping manager' or ‘buy and sell products on eBay with no inventory or money' or anything involving virtual transactions that involves shipping any thing overseas, then chances are it's a scam. Also, never be suckered into opening a bank account that you don't control. That's just plain dumb. And, protect your identity.”