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Online fraud: Beware of fake brand profiles

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The increase of cyber scams in various forms, recorded in the midst of a pandemic, is vertical. One of these cyber scams is done through social media, where many fake pages and accounts are created in the name of Greek celebrities.

"Experts take advantage of famous celebrity profiles and set up contests with prizes," he explains. Athens 9.84The Kelly Ioannou, director of the International Cybersecurity Institute (CSI Intistute) and PhD candidate in Digital Criminology. "Through the fake profile they inform that e.g. a singer, presenter, etc. raises money for a good cause and also that various prizes are drawn, in this way they extort money from users or steal sensitive personal data ".

Blue verification mark

"What we recommend to users is to be careful and find out if the contest really comes from the genuine profile of a Greek celebrity and this in order to determine the profiles of surnames with many followers must be marked blue pic. Users should know this and all surnames must go through the process of certifying their social media accounts, with the characteristic blue verification mark, which will appear next to their name ".

No impulsive decisions

"Also, in all competitions, whether they come from surnames or not, users should be suspicious when they see very big prizes, big offers and do their research before participating in anything or before sending their personal data or credit - debit card details. their. Greek users, especially now, in the middle of quarantine, are more psychologically vulnerable and more prone to impulsive decisions and moves. "If citizens become aware of cybercrime incidents, they should turn to experts." Mrs. Ioannou.

You can contact internet related consulting services at Institute (CSI INSTITUTE) to the following contact details:]

  • Telephone: 2111 82 18 18
  • Sending e-mail: info@csii.gr

And with Address Electronic Crime in order to report illegal activities via the Internet, to the following contact details:

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