Phishing scams: The largest number of fraudulent sites ever directed to private surveys

Phishing scams The largest number of fraudulent sites ever directed to a private survey September 10 at 7:48 p.m.

A study by an information security company found that the number of people who were directed to fraudulent sites by phishing scams that allowed them to access fake websites such as financial institutions and steal passwords was the largest ever, with about 2.97 million people in the first half of the year. Phishing organizations are calling for people to be aware that there are still multiple fake websites that cover financial institutions and are often directed from e-mails and social media.

According to a survey by the information security company Trend Micro, the number of people who were directed from Japan to fraudulent sites that steal passwords, etc., under the guise of financial institutions and mail order sites, was more than 2,969,000 from January to June.

This is the largest ever increase of about 900,000 people compared to the same period last year, and the company says the spread of the new coronavirus has increased the opportunities to use online services.

On the other hand, according to the Anti-Phishing Council, which is made by companies related to information security, the number of consultations such as receiving suspicious e-mails directed to phishing sites exceeded 20,000 in August, which was also the largest ever.

According to a survey conducted by the Council, the number of fake websites involving financial institutions increased sharply last year, and 29 sites were confirmed at the end of last year, including several fake sites of banks against which deposits were illegally withdrawn through “docomo accounts” of electronic payment services.

The Anti-Phishing Council says, “There are still multiple fake websites that cover financial institutions, and they are often directed from e-mail and SNS, so please be careful.”