Cyber thieves always find new ways of scamming unsuspecting, innocent internet services users. Lately, there’s been a huge increase in bogus WhatsApp messages in which the scammers try to steal the personal data of the users of the popular booking site.
The thieves start off by sending a text in which they inform a user that there’s been a security breach. Then, they tell them that they should change their password immediately by clicking on the provided link.
When the unsuspecting people click on the provided link, however, the hackers gain access to their booking information. Then, they inform the users that a complete payment is required to secure their holiday accommodation. Naturally, they also attach the bank details and payment instructions.
“It looked very believable and I can believe people fell for it,” 35-year-old marketing manager, David Watts, said.
However, even those who didn’t fall for the entire scam are exposed to data breach if they click on the provided link.
“Security and the protection of our partner and customer data is a top priority… in this case, there has been no compromise on Booking.com systems. This property has been targeted by phishing emails sent by cyber criminals and by clicking on those emails, the property compromised its account. If customers have any questions, they can contact our customer service team,” Booking.com responded after the incident spread.
To remain safe and keep your data protected, keep in mind to stay away from suspicious links and be cautious whenever dealing with stuff on the internet.
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