Scammers are using new tactics to take advantage of those trying to make the best out of a tough situation
Amidst the Covid-19 crisis, where many people are struggling to find work and scrambling to find new ways to make money, scammers are taking advantage of the situation and seeking to make a profit.
Like a fleet of Trojan horses, seemingly non-threatening emails are sent to recipients offering the chance to make some quick income, only to lure them straight into a trap. This has been a particular problem in Europe, especially in Poland, Germany, and Italy.
The contents of a PDF attached to a malicious email
A scam email with an attachment
A scammer’s landing page for the UK, Czech Republic and Poland
A registration form on detector-million[.]t500track12[.]com
Pop-up after filling in the registration form
Fabricated stories used to corroborate the scam
Number of links detected by country
Scammers are trying to turn as many heads as possible at a time where people’s heads are already spinning with the crisis. Even a simple website without any sophisticated source code could do the trick if they create an offer convincing enough, and if the trap is set at just the right time.