Expert Advise On Cybercriminals Are Impersonating UK Supermarkets In New Scams

According to Teiss, the rise of online shopping due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to cybercriminals establishing dozens of fake websites that impersonate the domains of popular UK supermarket chains. This is serious cybersecurity hazard for those that are most at risk.

Experts Comments

June 01, 2020
Robert Ramsden Board
VP EMEA
Securonix
Cybercriminals are opportunists. They will leverage any given opportunity to use underhanded tricks to separate consumers from their hard-earned money or valuable personal information. When it comes to online shopping it can be even more dangerous because you surrender not only your personal information and payment details, but also your home address for delivery. This not only creates risk for identity theft, but also compromises the physical security of your home. We have seen a rise in.....Read More
Cybercriminals are opportunists. They will leverage any given opportunity to use underhanded tricks to separate consumers from their hard-earned money or valuable personal information. When it comes to online shopping it can be even more dangerous because you surrender not only your personal information and payment details, but also your home address for delivery. This not only creates risk for identity theft, but also compromises the physical security of your home. We have seen a rise in typo-squatting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that the domain names will be very similar to the established site, but with slight variation. This can manifest in several forms, for example, the site may substitute a letter for a similar number or (such as Waitr0se), or slightly misspelled names (such as Saisnburys or Sainsburrys), or even use characters from different alphabets that will lull users into a false sense of security (such as Tesço). Examining the domain before you undertake any further actions is a good way to protect yourself from cybercriminals in disguise, protecting your livelihood and personal space, and as always, only give personal information on a need-to-know basis if you are absolutely sure that the site is reputable.  Read Less
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