Online Shoppers Warned About Phishing Websites

Online shoppers warned on phishing websitesOnline shoppers have been warned about sharing their information when doing online shopping. In Shenzhen eight percent of shoppers have already fallen victim to fraudulent activity online in just the first half of this year. Thirty percent were victims to phishing websites that were copied to look like popular online websites such as Taobao.

An online safety report released by the China Internet Network Information Center together with Kingsoft Internet Security Center, said that there have been 38 million people cheated through online shopping from January until June of this year. The perpetrators used a Trojan virus to spread the money that the shoppers paid online.

The virus usually spreads when shoppers use chat tools such as QQ and Taobaowangwang. Phishing websites also gather online shoppers information by attracting them with online discounts and promotions. Then they can access the shopper’s information when they start transferring money.

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