These are the most common virtual scams against teenagers
Cyber attacks are becoming more refined and seek to deceive people with greater precision. This is in addition to the growth that this type of case has had during the last year as a result of the pandemic, where Only in Colombia 38,100 cybercrimes were registered in 2020, according to data from the National Police.
Attackers develop strategies for all types of audiences, including the youngest. The cybersecurity company Eset revealed which are the five most used modalities to deceive adolescents through digital means.
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Social media attacks
Among the strategies most used by criminals on these platforms is to send links to alleged articles and shocking news about show business. When the person enters the publication that is shared on social networks, they are redirected to a malicious website, where the victim may suffer a malware attack that compromises data and files they have on their devices.
Eye-catching promotions and discounts
Another way that cyber attackers capture the attention of young people is through postings of great deals from well-known clothing and accessories brands. People are sent to fake e-commerce stores, there are two different practices, the sending of an imitation product or the non-delivery of the product. “In the worst case, If the victim shared their credit card details, the cybercriminals will accumulate charges and they will clean the bank account, ”says Eset.
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With this modality, criminals publish alleged financial aid for student scholarships, where the interested party is asked to pay a registration fee, but in reality the support does not exist and the person loses the money.
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False job offers
They also make use of false job offers, where they offer great economic guarantees and social benefits. Vacancies are shared on legitimate job boards, to give victims more confidence. “The ultimate goal is to obtain personal information from the victims and then use this data in various illegal activities, such as opening bank accounts in the name of their victims or using their identities to falsify documents, “explains the cybersecurity company.
Through online dating applications, attackers contact young people until they establish a relationship of trust thate has the ultimate goal of stealing money. In these cases, extortion for the publication of intimate photos or sensitive information is sometimes recorded.
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