The scammers, apparently, live by the motto “there is a will, but the possibility is there”. Take, for example, the app Google Calendar. According to the publication Wired, in order to steal your money from Bank account, attackers need to use one of the standard options in this lackluster app.
This standard setting in the Google Calendar automatically add invitations to the schedule, even if you have not answered them. In just a few seconds before the start of this event the device owner is sent a reminder. Scammers use this feature, trying to get your personal banking information, social insurance number or other important personal information that can be used to intercept money from the Bank or brokerage account.
Fraudsters believe that users will not suspect the danger in Google Calendar
They add invitations to your Google account Calendar, which then sends you a reminder that there is a transfer to your Bank account for which you want additional information, such as the PIN of your Bank account. Or you may receive a reminder that you won the contest, but to receive the prize rules require that you provide your social security number. There may be a link to an online form that requests personal information. Obviously, to do this in any case is not necessary.
Fraudsters can initiate these notifications several times until the transition to the link or until the invitation is removed. And since these notifications come from a reliable application of Google Calendar, the scammers hope that users are not too will take care of their safety.
There’s a way to quickly understand this once and for all. In the browser of the computer, go to Google.com/calendar. At the top right of the screen you will see a gear icon. Click on it and select “Settings”. Then go to “Events”. In the drop-down list “Automatically add invitations” select “No, only show invitations to which I have responded”. Then a little swipe down to the section “view Mode” and uncheck the item “Show declined events”. The latter will prevent about invitations, even after you rejected them.
Scammers are getting smarter, but security is constantly improving
It becomes increasingly difficult to protect your digital wallet from scams in the Internet. Now don’t even have to be a professional hacker to learn how to rip people off their funds, and it ought to alert the people living in the modern world. We regularly hear that another digital wallet or Bank account was stolen finances, or that the network has leaked a huge database of passwords of users from around the world, or that photos of another celebrity was stolen from the cloud. Fortunately, the company quickly react to such troubles and eliminate vulnerabilities in their products as soon as possible.
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