Xiao Yu is a veteran in online shopping, but recently she became a victim of rfaud when she paid for a bag on Taobao.com.
“I took a fancy to a bag, which cost about 300 yuan. After I compared the prices of different shops online, I chose one.”
With her many years of experience in online shopping, she believed she could buy the bag at a good price by reasonable bargaining. However, the events that followed went beyond her expectations.
“Someone sent me a link before I settled payment, telling me he worked for the online shop and his boss was absent at that moment. He also had the bag I liked for sale, and would sell it at a lower price, I could have it by saving 40 or 50 yuan. Meanwhile, he promised to pay the mailing fee, so I thought I could save 60 or 70 yuan in the end.”
With the promised lower price, Xiao Yu confirmed the order and settled the payment. But she never received the bag, even the link of the webpage disappeared afterwards. Then she realized she was cheated and the webpage was fake.
Experts say this is a trap set by the recently notorious “fishing websites”, which appear very similar to the real Taobao webpages, and defraud online shoppers’ payments by stealing their account information.
Expert explains when users log onto the fake Taobao website and input their password, a note pops up saying the system is under maintenance, please try again. During this time, the fake website has successfully stolen the account information.
How should we face these fake websites and protect ourselves from being cheated?
Tang Wei, an information security expert from Rising company says, first be cautious during the payment process and be sure to follow the normal guidelines. Also, pay attention to the name of the domain. Most fishing websites confuse shoppers by using a similar domain name to the real shopping website.
Now some anti-virus software companies have started to work on software against these fishing websites, so that users can protect themselves from being cheated.