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A.P,C.I.D, Cyber Crimes Alert on International Phishing email Scam Campaign- issued by Ministry of Home Affairs

Modus Operandi:

The syndicate first designed phishing emails disguising as official payment method update requests from popular online entertainment streaming and payment platforms, including Netflix, Apple, Spotify and PayPal. By disseminating such phishing emails through bulk email programmes, recipients were deceived to provide credit card information at phishing websites placed at compromised web servers around the world.

Credit card information deceived from victims was used to make online purchases of easily realizable electronic products such as smartphones. At present, at least 150 fraudulent credit card transactions amounting to HK$1.3 million have been disclosed.

Suggestions:

  1. Netflix, Apple, Spotify and PayPal will never ask for your personal information by texts or email. This includes:
    1. Credit or debit card numbers.
    2. Bank account details.
    3. Netflix passwords,etc.,
  2. Netflix, Apple, Spotify and PayPal will never request payment through a 3rd party vendor or website.
  3. Contact your financial institution if you entered any payment information, as it may have been compromised.
  4. Never provide personal or financially sensitive information through email.
  5. Never provide personal or financially sensitive information through email.

 

 

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