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When a person leaves the web page open for a long time, they get a javascript message asking them to change the page's content or click on some link that redirects the page to some bank's login screen or an eCommerce site. 

If the user clicks the tab to uncover the page or search the previous page- they may not get any, assuming they have been logged out. 

Then, they are asked to fill in the user data and password to log in to the site and re-enter information collected by scammers who create a spoofed site to get it transferred to the cheats. If you see the link carefully, you will notice the URL is different or not functioning on a secure connection. 

It is a phishing attack that manipulates inactive pages and redirects them to a duplicate page that can control the activities happening on the site. The objective is to send the victim to deceitful websites. 

They may not notice the difference between the original and the imitation site and enter secretive credentials into the registration pages. It happens when multiple tabs are opened, and the user is multitasking. In such cases, even when you do not click on the site, it may open, and you may be tempted to re-enter the details. 

How To Protect Yourself?

  • Do not open multiple tabs while conducting multiple financial transactions.

  • Install anti-spyware and updated apps, and always use filters to eliminate unwanted incoming links from the browsers. In addition, block malicious and illegitimate sites known for such attacks. 

  • Carefully check the address bar if something appears suspicious. Always verify the site carefully before entering your details. 

  • You can organise the open pages by having a window to fill in details and one for other tasks. 

  • If you suspect identity theft, report it to the authorities, and remain alert of the suspicious activities on your account.

Date Published: Sep 18, 2023

Types of fraud

A-Z of fraud

To help understand which fraud you've been affected by, we've categorised them into an alphabetical list.

What is fraud and cyber crime?

Cybercrimes can be of two types. First, it can be cyber dependent, where the fraudsters use online devices to convince the victim to accept their offers.

Advance fee fraud

If you are trying to get a loan for a house or a car, they ask to meet the provider to get the financing arrangement and pay the finder's fee in advance.

Corporate fraud

Corporate frauds can be complicated, committed either by the firm or an individual. Nevertheless, it mostly involves cheating where the employee or the firm.

Individual fraud

There are many types of individual frauds related to advance fees, investments, insurance brokers, bogus tradespeople, Ponzi schemes, pension liberation.

Online fraud

Hence the number of cases of online fraud is increasing each year, and most such cases include – account takeover, direct frauds, or scams related domain names.

Identity fraud and identity theft

The criminal uses the stolen identity of another person living or deceased to conduct unlawful activities like obtaining goods or services in another's name.

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