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Cybercriminals don't take holidays

With the holidays just around the corner, cybercriminals seem more active and creative than ever before. In recent weeks, the Internet has been flooded by false messages and misleading promotions. You have a chance to win a new smartphone, or you can score free tickets... Of course, it's always nice to get something for free just before your holiday, but think twice before giving away your details.

If it's too good to be true...

If something is too good to be true, it's usually phishing. These are false messages with bad intentions. The basic idea behind them is to collect your details so you get flooded with spam and phishing messages. But usually, there’s more to it: criminals will try to obtain your bank details and plunder your bank account.

Phishing messages are becoming more and more credible: watch out!

Until a few years ago, phishing messages were mainly sent via e-mail. They were full of spelling mistakes and were not professionally made, and a child of today would immediately recognize them as fake. But nowadays, phishing messages are becoming more difficult to detect. The spelling is correct, and the layout is neat, so you have to be extra careful to avoid stepping into the trap. Take a very critical look at the sender and the URLs before clicking on a link in such a message. Note that you can also receive phishing messages via SMS, WhatsApp or pop-ups.

Suspicious links should be forwarded to suspicious@safeonweb.be. We will then have fake websites blocked.


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