It seems that criminals are now seeking to steal cryptocurrencies from people in Venezuela, for which they are viralizing messages via the Internet. Whatsapp with alleged campaigns that seek to capture the attention of ignorant people motivated by ambition.
E he Venezuelan Criminal and Criminalistic Investigations Corps, CICPC, invited the residents of the country to be very attentive to a series of messages that are being circulated via Whatsapp, in which data and links are being disseminated to defraud people through phishing campaigns (data theft).
Campañas phishing when a scammer pretends to be a trusted institution or person to trick people into revealing sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, passwords, banking details, etc., often through a malware link disguised as legitimate. a través de Whatsapp
The information in question was published by the CICPC this week through his Instagram account, where he warns citizens about a series of messages that are reaching residents of the country, in which they are offered a series of data (username and password) to enter an account an account is essentially a whose purpose is to track the financial activities of a specific asset/ on a platform a place to buy, sell and store cryptocurrency in which there would be a significant amount of money in cryptocurrencies, as if it were a communication that arrived erroneously. The idea is that motivated by greed or curiosity, victims access the link provided and provide the requested data to access the funds.
In this regard, the CICPC warns:
“The cybercriminals, from different phone numbers, are sending messages informing about an apparent username and password. This new modality is emerging and is called a mirror page, where the Cracker manages to have your data by entering that page (usdtconin.com)”.
The security the term securities refers to a fungible and tradable financial instrument that carries a type of monetary value. force warns all those who receive the message to block a file containing information on transactions completed during a given time period. Blocks are the constituent parts of a blockchain. the number in question and proceed to delete it, in order to prevent further communications from the scammers.
Links: risks of mirror pages and malwares
According to the CICPC, the link provided in this type of message leads the victims to a “link” to a “ mirror page “This is a site that pretends to be another in image and appearance, which only aims to take user data for later use in authentic services and access to their accounts.
Although the CICPC warns about this type of scam a scheme that is designed to dupe people out of cash or crypto. after the proliferation of these messages, the truth is that it is a well-known strategy in various ecosystems (crypto and traditional). Fraudsters may try to send emails and even privately contact the potential victim pretending to belong to the customer service of a service they use (Exchange or bank), to later indicate that their accounts have been breached and/or run special campaigns with the intention of collecting access data to the accounts, in order to enter and empty the funds contained therein.
In other cases these types of communications could also contain links that lead to download sites, where the victim could get hold of some type of malware malware or malicious software refers to harmful programs utilized by bad actors to illegally access and/or compromise a computer, network or server. that can be used to access private information stored on their computer, which would also be sensitive as they can access all types of personal data stored on the device that is compromised.
Now “Maria” is interested in cryptocurrencies
Those who have heard of this new wave of cases claim that this is a variant of what usually happens with the popular “Maria”, which is nothing more than attempts by scammers using one of the most common names in the South American country to pretend to be known to the victim, and thus supposedly offer for sale dollars asking the victim to make a bank transaction to a number provided.
According to experts and analysts, those responsible for this type of scams are apparently people held in prisons in the country, who make use of the generic name of Mary, or even go further by investigating potential victims on social networks, taking pictures of acquaintances to pretend to be them and try to scam the victims.
Given the diversity of currencies circulating in Venezuela at the moment, added to the boom that the main cryptocurrencies are having as a means of payment for products and services, analysts say it is not strange that criminals are now behind these assets trying their luck with this type of scam.
Avoid being the victim
In response to the proliferation of this type of cases, here are some recommendations to avoid becoming a victim of phishing campaigns that arrive through emails and/or telephone numbers:
1.-First and foremost: be discreet with your financial affairs.
In some cases, scammers choose potential victims because they know that they handle cryptocurrencies to some extent. The solution to this is simply to be discreet and avoid disclosing information about your financial activities, which decreases the likelihood of being targeted by malicious individuals.
2.-If you don’t know the number / email of the sender, ignore it.
Many times those trying to scam you do not write to you from institutional numbers or accounts. This is the easiest indicator to spot, so if this condition is met, simply ignore the message and block the sender.
3.- Don’t fall victim to panic or greed:
Many times people fall for these messages because the messages inform them that the security of their accounts has been compromised, or because they are offering something apparently too good to be true. The invitation is to stay calm and not believe in this kind of things.
5.-Do not open links or offer private information.
Combined with the above, many times the communications include links and/or download links to verify what they are apparently informing you about. DO NOT OPEN ANY OF THESE LINKS They will probably take you to a clone site where you have to enter a username and password, or worse, they may contain a download link for malware.
6.- Always refer to official sites
Let’s say you operate from a exchange businesses that allow customers to trade cryptocurrencies for fiat money or other cryptocurrencies. and you have doubts that your account security has been compromised. Take into account the previous point and only log in to the service through its official website / app.
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With information from the account of Instagram from CICPC
Article by Angel Di Matteo / DiarioBitcoin
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