The FBI uncovered a new scam in which the victim becomes a courier
Instead of a bank transfer, the scammers decided to “drive” the victim to get cash.
The US FBI warns that cybercriminals have come up with a new scam, offering victims technical support and requiring them to send them cash in a parcel.
By data FBI, such scams have become more common in recent times, especially among older people. The fraud scheme is as follows: a fraudster, posing as a representative of a legitimate company, contacts the victim by phone, email or a pop-up window on a computer and reports that fraudulent activity has occurred on the victim’s account or that the user is entitled to a refund for the subscription, but they explain that the only way to get money is to provide the fraudster with remote access to the computer so that the “specialist” can make the transfer.
Naturally, this requires downloading a remote access tool, which can be loaded with a lot of malware. Once connected, the scammer asks the victim to log into their bank’s website, which allows them to collect credentials. Next, the offender makes a fictitious transfer to the victim’s account, deliberately transferring more than the required amount. The scammer then points out the error and asks the victim to return the difference or else they may be fired.
Unlike regular tech support scams, where the scammers ask victims to send money via bank transfer, cryptocurrency, or gift cards, in this case, the perpetrators ask the victim to send cash, wrapped in a magazine or envelope, via a delivery service to the address they provide. Usually these are the addresses of pharmacies or other places where you can pick up the package.
The FBI urges to be careful not to fall for such tricks, not to download programs from unknown sources, not to let strangers control your computer and not to click on links or call numbers that come in messages, emails or pop-ups.
Earlier we wrote that in Ufa the police detained a swindler, who stole the personal data of 130 Russians on public services. He used the information he received to apply for microloans. According to law enforcement agencies, the man created several phishing websites that outwardly resembled the official portals of the State Services and other government agencies.
Except that in 2018 in the British city of Oxford ransomware group launched a cyberattack followed by data encryption to one of the local companies. The management of the enterprise decided to pay a ransom to the attackers, since the loss of data would have dealt a serious blow to the company. However, the company’s IT analyst, who set up a communication channel between the company’s management and the ransomware, decided to use his position to intercept the ransom intended for the real attackers.