Fraud and deceit can be considered as part of the disadvantages of the Internet. Unscrupulous parties usually take advantage of important events and celebrations to fool and defraud unsuspecting online users. As expected, the ongoing Winter Olympics is not spared from this.
Kaspersky Labs has released warnings against existence of spam or unsolicited email messages that are now spreading like wildfire across the Internet. The security vendor revealed that the new wave of spam emails is mostly originating from China.
It found out that most of the spam emails are actually coming from a number of Chinese manufacturers. Those companies claim to be producing what they describe as ‘huge variety of goods.’ At the same time, the messages are mostly making references to the current Winter Olympics in Russia.
In an advisory, Tatyana Shcherbakova, an expert from Kaspersky Labs warned online users not to be easily fooled by false promises as well as references to major events or names. In a blog post, she said that none of those promises actually guarantee delivery of high quality services or goods.
She warned that in most cases, those companies turn out to be actually frauds. Those ‘manufacturers’ may immediately disappear without any trace once they get the actual payments from their unsuspecting victims. This is not a unique modus operandi, as many of such schemes have already been exposed in the past.
Ms. Shcherbakova even recalled that such spam mails are usually in time or linked with some of the most celebrated and popular international holidays. For instance, many of those so-called warehouses claim that they are having deals with Russia to help in the preparation for the current Sochi 2014 Winter Games. Interestingly, many people still fall into such a trap.
This is actually not the first time that a similar scheme was exposed. In September 2013, spam mails also flooded after the Olympics committee announced that Tokyo would be the host to the 2020 Olympic Games.
As expected, Japan turned jubilant about what it considers as a victory. But some fast-thinking and unscrupulous Chinese manufacturers particularly from the silicone sector immediately thought of schemes to exploit the news. They spread spam mails congratulating Japan for the selection. But at the same time, those email messages sell Olympic-themed services and goods that readers may instantly relate to Japan and the Olympics.