Unknown hackers are sending fake delivery messages to consumers that appear to come from Amazon, FedEx, UPS, as well as other big names in e-commerce, according to a CNBC report.
For example, a buyer received a message supposedly from UPS informing him that the package he had ordered could not be delivered to him. Once clicked on the link that contained the message to resolve the issue, the screen it started flashing, the buyer told CNBC. In addition, he received a message saying: "You have been violated. We have encrypted all your files. Send, 150 Bitcoin at this address ». That amount is about $ 66.000. However, the victim refused to pay the amount demanded by the hackers, thus deleting a lot of data from the computer including family photos. In addition, the IRS later informed the victim that his identity had been stolen.
With the outbreak of its global pandemic COVID-19 have increased significantly online shopping, especially at this time, in anticipation of the Christmas holidays. The growth of online shopping is expected to reach up to 35% this year, and therefore experts warn of a "shipageddon", which retailers and delivery companies are called to cope. As a result, many orders are delayed. What is most worrying, however, is that hackers are taking advantage of all this confusion to their advantage.
In addition, delivery messages increased by 440% from October to November, according to data from the checkpoint company software technology cyber security, as reported by CNBC. They have increased by 72% since November 2019. It is noteworthy that most of the fake delivery messages falsify the Amazon brand.
The rise of fake delivery messages comes at a particularly difficult time when people around the world are being hit hard by the health crisis. To avoid it scam and other malicious activities, consumers need to check if the messages they receive include proper spelling and company logos, according to CNBC.