Berlin Passwords for online banking or payment services are just as popular as social media access data or telephone numbers. However, criminals have long been luring users to the fake pages, where the data is to be entered and fished, not only with e-mails, reports the magazine “Finanztest” (issue 9/2022). The most common phishing methods also included:
– Addressing on platforms or in messengers: It can happen that you are asked for help by scammers who – especially perfidious – pretend to be family members on social media pages, classifieds portals or in chats.
– Smishing: A creation of words from SMS and phishing. Here, SMS serve as a bait to get recipients to give out data. Popular and dangerous: SMS announcements and error messages from packages that do not exist at all.
Spear Phishing: This is how targeted data angel attacks on a specific group of people, such as employees of a company, are called.
– Whaling: This is how phishing attacks on particularly “big fish” are called, for example, particularly wealthy victims.
– Vishing: This technical term consists of voice and phishing and means nothing more than manipulation and fraud attempts by phone call.
Two good protective measures against phishing are, according to the information, never to be put under pressure to act and to follow up with the person or institution who allegedly wants something by phone.
If the child has already fallen into the well, possibly affected accounts should be blocked and hunted passwords should be changed quickly. In addition, it is necessary to secure evidence and file criminal charges. If money has been stolen, you report the damage to the bank and check whether the household contents insurance covers phishing attacks.