The pandemic has been responsible for an increase in vacation scams according to expert research. Tourists are targeted in phishing scams as increasing numbers of Britons seek to book vacations after the pandemic.
Restrictions on closures meant the British were homebound and unable to travel.
With the lifting of travel restrictions, there has been an increase in vacation bookings, with many popular resorts reporting increasing numbers of tourists.
Unfortunately, this has also led to an increase in ruthless holiday scams targeting UK tourists.
Many scammers attack tourists using phishing email scams or fake websites, some of which are very convincing.
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Research from Palo Alto Unit 42 revealed that since the start of 2021, there has been an increase in malicious URLs related to travel.
Phishing is a type of scam where a scammer sends a fake message designed to trick people into revealing sensitive information or installing malware on their device.
Examples include fraudulent emails, link manipulation, and bogus websites. The research team discovered many new bogus websites being created as travel bookings increased.
Although the team has worked hard to remove bogus websites, many are being created all the time.
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Tourists have been cautioned to check booking sites carefully before entering any information.
Anna Chung, one of the researchers, said, “Cybercriminals are always looking for ways to trap potential victims by using social engineering to exploit hot trends.
“Now they are looking to exploit people’s strong desire to travel, which has been suppressed for a long time due to Covid.
“To perform social engineering, threat actors have traditionally used malicious domains and URLs masquerading as well-known brands and websites familiar to end users. “
Tourists have also been warned about email phishing scams. Scam emails often refer to urgent unpaid bills to trick travelers into clicking links.
Some of the scams have also offered users cheap deals while on vacation as the scammers are aware of the general desire to escape.
Tourists are recommended to use spam filter on their email to avoid fraudulent emails.
Before entering any personal information on a website, tourists should check the URL.