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Don’t Fall Prey to Game of Thrones Scammers

IamCheated.com Research Team | April 18, 2019  5:52:pm

Don’t Fall Prey to Game of Thrones Scammers

The epic fantasy drama that has captivated viewers with its fictional kingdoms and extraordinary characters is now becoming the favourite name for hackers and scammers alike. Reports suggest that cloaking malware under the Game of Thrones episodes is the latest ploy by hackers to steal data from their target networks. In today’s blog, we’ll discuss the ways in which hackers are aiming the fan base of GoT for their advantage. The recent findings of a cyber-security firm, Check Point, sheds light on the scams surrounding Game of Thrones and how to avoid them.

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Understanding the Threat

Below is an image published by the Check Point research team which exposes a website that’s using the official branding of the series and running fake competitions. Visitors of the website are tricked into sharing their personal information as the site promises GoT merchandise to the winners.

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With an aim to mislead visitors and collect personal information such as credit card details and mobile numbers, many more fake websites have sprung up over the past few days.

How to Stay Safe from GoTScams?

Understanding the threat is very important to avoid being a victim of such scams. While some fake websites focus on collecting personal data to build a potential customer base at a later stage, others plainly mislead their site visitors into spending online. Here are some of the points that will help you stay clear of online scams in the name of Game of Thrones.

  1. Make sure your connection is secure, especially when it’s a WiFi network.
  2. Protect your system with an antivirus that would display a warning message while browsing suspicious websites.
  3. Do not click on links that appear in emails and social media groups. By simply hovering over the link, you’ll be able to find the destination page to which it will lead.
  4. Stay on a page only if its URL starts with ‘https’ and displays a closed lock icon in the address bar.
  5. In case of doubt, check for the domain health of the website using any of the free tools available online.
  6. The primary goal of a hacker is to trick you into installing the malware in your system. So, always be careful of what you download.
  7. Always ensure that you make purchases only from reputed and secure websites.
  8. Be cautious of your online interactions on social media platforms.

Deceptions over the internet are very common these days and the latest of all are these attempts by fraudsters to lead unsuspecting GoT fans into online traps. However, with a little bit of precaution, you can steer clear of such malware attacks. Keep the above-discussed safety rules in mind and you’ll be able to avoid many of the unpleasant surprises that appear online.

See Also: How To Identify A Phishing Or Email Scam?

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