With less than a week till Valentine’s Day, this is the time when people scour the Internet to look for the best deals on gifts. In a report, Trend Micro Research warns users against blindly clicking on unknown links or emails, and also claims that India is second in the list of most-spam sending nations this year. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needy
In the run up to Valentine’s Day, the firm found 117 unique IPs sending spam emails and most of them originated in the US. Worryingly though, India is second in the list followed by Ukraine, Canada, and the Netherlands. Also Read - Beware of Valentine's Day-themed phishing scams online, you could be a target
The cybercriminals’ MO is much the same in all countries. They send emails with links or advertisements for the best deals, but the moment an unsuspecting user clicks on these links, it takes them to other dangerous websites. Also Read - Happy Valentine's Day 2021: Best gifts for your loved ones under Rs 2,000
The security firm has a few steps it suggests everyone follow in order to avoid falling in a cybercriminal’s trap.
- Avoid clicking on links, advertisements or attachments that promise deals too good to be true.
- Surprises are good, but only accept gifts from people you know. If you get an email asking you to accept a gift from an unknown person, reject it.
- Do not install shady apps that promise great deals, and also keep all your apps up-to-date. Stay alert while making in-app purchases or clicking on unknown links from Android apps, as the platform is most vulnerable Operating System.