These days not a headline goes by without some cybercriminal jumping all over it. Now, with the Olympics coming up and travelers wary of the Zika virus, scammers are creating fake websites and apps to steal money or to infect users with malware.
“There are actually sites that say they sell tickets, but never actually give you tickets,” said James Pledger, research director at RiskIQ.
Sometimes, it’s easy to spot the fakes.
“One of the most common things is very poor English,” he said. “Or they’ll only accept payment in online currencies or wire transfers. Other indicators are that there are a lot of complaints, or they’ve been up for a very short time frame.”