If you want to stay up to date with the most recent messages delivered by fraudsters worldwide, you’re in the right place.
The 2024 spam season has just begun, and researchers at Bitdefender Antispam Lab are determined to keep you well informed of the spam trends that threaten your digital privacy, security and finances.
The start of the new year brings plenty of uncertainties and resolutions, and unfortunately some fraudulent spam too. Here’s what we’ve found so far:
According to Bitdefender Antispam telemetry, cybercriminals have waged several phishing campaigns impersonating popular banks, financial institutions, and cryptocurrency platforms such as Dutch digital asset exchanges Bitvavo, Coinbase, financial services company Charles Schwab, Comdirect Bank and American Express to steal customers’ personal info including login credentials.
Most fraudulent correspondence may look and sound like a legitimate message with requests for information to protect accounts due to suspicious activity, confirm personal information or approve a pending payment. The scammers often say they need your information now and warn that something bad will happen (account will be suspended) if you do not act immediately.
Samples of fake messages can be seen below:
Bitvavo customers were asked to update their personal information under new European legislation.
A machine-translated version of the above sample reads:
“We would like to inform you of the updated European legislation, which came into effect on January 1, 2024, regarding the mandatory annual update of contact details for all Bitvavo users.”
“If you fail to perform this update before January 19, we are required by European law to place a crypto withdrawal lock on your account. This lock applies to withdrawals to external addresses as well as all other activities in the field of trading, euro withdrawals and staking.”
Online scammers are also impersonating FinanzOnline, Austria’s transactional portal that gives consumers and business access to fiscal authorities and enables users to file tax return.
In one phishing sample, the fraudsters bait recipients with a hefty refund.
“On Wednesday, December 20, 2023, you were entitled to a refund of €537.38 from our side. This amount was transferred on January 5th. However, we were informed that the account number we knew was no longer valid. In order for your tax refund to be processed successfully, it is essential that the account number provided is in your name.”
No matter the time of year, scammers continue to stuff user inboxes with the regular suspects, which include:
Samples can be seen below:
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