Phishing is one of common and easiest form of cyber attack for a criminal to carry out. It often disguise as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and money).
Recently, we have seen an increase in reports of phishing attempts on messaging services - especially on WhatsApp.
Below are the two recent phishing scam reported:
1. "Adidas is giving away 5000 Free Pair of Shoes to celebrate its 93rd anniversary"
2. "FREE Dunkin Donut's BOX"
It was reported that thousands of people have fallen for these scam on WhatsApp. Both scams have uses a mix of Latin and non-Latin characters to create a domain that looks very similar to a legitimate website link.
This attack is also known as homograph attack. Besides looking closely at the links before CLICKING, some of the recommended mitigation strategies are:
- Always double check where the link leads to before clicking.
- Use a link checker if you are unsure. You may use one of these five link checkers to validate before clicking.
At Foodie Monkey, we always make sure that all the food promotions that we sent out to our users daily are safe. We always and only source food promotions from official and reliable sources. All embedded links are scanned through using various security link checker to ensure the links are safe.