"Your bank account may have been deactivated. Fill out the registration update form available by clicking on this link as soon as possible." "Congratulations, you are the lucky winner of a trip to Foz do Iguaçu, all expenses paid! Enter your data in the following link and claim your prize." "Download the following app by clicking on this link and share this information with 10 friends to earn rewards on Minecraft." Have you ever received messages like this?
They are often used by scammers as bait to catfish victims on the Internet. And that is not all, the creativity of scammers has no bounds. So be careful and do not be fooled. Do not click on just any link you receive on the Internet!
E-mail, SMS, messaging apps, social networks: Keep an eye on the content of messages, links and attachments. Be wary of messages that contain grammar and spelling errors. Be suspicious if the sender's e-mail or phone address is unknown to you. And most importantly: Never click on links, do not download files, and do not install programs or apps inserted in these messages. To check if a registration update is actually required, access the site directly on your browser or search for the service or company via a search engine. Be wary of surprise prizes offered in exchange for your personal information such as name, taxpayer registration number, credit card or mobile phone number, and e-mail. If you are not paying for it, you are probably the product.
For more information:
https://nic.br/media/docs/publicacoes/13/internet_com_responsa_+60.pdf (portuguese only)
https://cartilha.cert.br/fasciculos/codigos-maliciosos/fasciculo-codigos-maliciosos.pdf (portuguese only)
https://cartilha.cert.br/fasciculos/#celulares-e-tablets (portuguese only)
https://www.nic.br/noticia/na-midia/como-verificar-se-um-e-mail-e-seguro-e-nao-cair-em-golpes/ (portuguese only)
In the first scene, there is an old man next to a mobile screen with the following message: "Congratulations! You are the lucky winner! Click on (link).” In the scene, the following phrase appears: “Is the news or offer way too good?"
In the second scene, only the phone screen appears with the message, and a robber emerges from behind the phone. In this scene, the following phrase appears: "It could be a scam."
In the third scene, a hand clicks to close the message. In this scene, the following phrase appears: "When it's too good to be true, it probably isn't."
In the fourth scene, the old man makes a thumbs-up gesture with his hand. In this scene, the following phrase appears: "When in doubt, don't click on the link!"
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