“If you get scammed on the Internet, you will almost certainly not see your money in the amount you lost. Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll get some of it back, but usually the smaller part,” said Deputy Chief of Police Tomáš Kubík.
He pointed out that this criminal activity is increasing because many activities are moving to the Internet. Thieves move there anyway. The last time they tried to get the data of the recipients of the five thousand child allowance. “People were sent fraudulent SMS messages asking people to enter their data into their accounts, with the understanding that contributions would then be added to their accounts automatically,” said Monika Zahálková, executive director of the Czech Banking Association, as one of the recent examples of cybercrime.
Theft on the Internet: Thieves have already stolen as much this year as in all of last year
The increasing activity of criminals on the network is evidenced by the latest figures. “Just in the last seven months of this year, the number of attacks on bank clients was twice as high as in the whole of last year. Fraudulent phone calls, so-called vishing, which are among the most insidious, have increased dramatically,” said Zahálková.
Anyone can be a target
Kubík warned that the perpetrators are social engineers who know which group of people to target. “Anyone can really be a target of an attack. It is illusory to think that if I have nothing in my account, I can’t lose anything. But as soon as I give my information to someone, that person will take out a loan and other financial products offered by the banks and get you into debt,” he added.
The Triad is rampant in mobiles. A Trojan horse can steal money directly from people’s accounts
The banking association has therefore launched a campaign called nePINdej !, which aims to draw attention to the dangers lurking on the Internet. At the same time, it is aimed at people from 12 years old to seniors. It is based on the fact that cybercrime no longer targets only elderly and lonely people, but anyone can become a victim, regardless of age and education.
At the internet address www.kybertest.cz, people can learn how to avoid falling prey to internet thieves.
Basic advice on how to avoid falling prey to thieves on the Internet
1. Know your enemy. Get to know the current threats in online fraud.
2. Never let the perpetrator push you into anything and think everything through carefully.
3. Anticipate. When a message, e-mail, SMS or phone call is unexpected, it is suspicious.
4. Always think about where you write sensitive data or send money.
5. If you are not absolutely sure, it is always better to verify everything in another way.
6. Remember that a criminal can impersonate any phone number or email address.
7. Never allow remote access to your device to anyone you don’t fully trust.
8. Do not give the buyer on advertising portals sensitive data from your payment card, they do not need it.