Scam emails continue to be dangerous but the new kid on the block is calendar scams on smartphones! Kaspersky, international security firm experts, have reported new phishing scams via smartphones that attempt to trick users out of their personal information such as passwords, bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers.
Kaspersky security researcher Maria Vergelis said scammers hope the “calendar phishing” technique will catch unsuspecting victims off-guard as it’s a pop-up notification of an invitation from a trusted source on their smartphone. The invite contains a link which brings the user to a website stating they have won a prize and answering a short questionnaire enables them to claim the prize. Data from the form gores directly to the scammers who then exploit the information. “So far, the sample we’ve seen contains text displaying an obviously weird offer, but as It happens, every simple scheme becomes more elaborate and trickier with time,” Vergelis warned.
Google’s response to the Kaspersky report is that spam filters are not fool proof. “We remain deeply committed to protecting all of our users from spam: we scan content on Photos for spam and provide users the ability to report spam in Calendar, Forms, Google Drive, and Google Photos, as well as block spammers from contacting them on Hangouts.
The safest way to avoid this new scam is to disable automatic invites from Google Calendar. Researchers also suggest users remain aware of the following scams too:
- Telstra phone scam
- Fake Indian call center scam
- NBN Robocall, NAB and Optus email scam
- Queensland Police ATO Scam
- Netflix billing scam
- Facebook profile copy scam
- Apple Store email scam.