Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to obtain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details by disguising as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication. The given information is used to access important accounts and can result in identity theft and financial loss.
Last year, some of the WhatsApp users have been receiving a message "Qatar Airways is giving two free tickets to every family to celebrate its 25th anniversary".
The fake website's URL used the www.qatarairwąys.com contains the character "ą", instead of "a". Users who enter the fake website were first shown the number of "free tickets" remaining, and asked to take part in a survey and share the link to 15 friends/groups via WhatsApp before they are allowed to "claim" the "free tickets". This fraud site is closed and does not exist any longer.
Qatar Airways released a statement on their Twitter account quickly alerting the public about the "fake anniversary offer".
Statement on Fake Anniversary Offer pic.twitter.com/krhXrCiKvX— Qatar Airways (@qatarairways) June 20, 2018
Ministry of Transport and Communications also raised an awareness campaign to prevent phishing to the public in Qatar.
Phishing can be done in many different ways - email, messages or a phone call.
This is the most common type of phishing scam. Deceptive phishing frequently use threats and a sense of urgency to scare users to share personal information or login credentials
A fraudulent practice of sending emails ostensibly from a known or trusted sender in order to induce targeted individuals to reveal confidential information.
A cyber attack intended to redirect a website's traffic to another, fake site. Pharming can be conducted either by changing the hosts file on a victim's computer or by exploitation of a vulnerability in DNS server software.
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