In , our researchers painted a picture of a foreseeable future where attack tactics heavily rely on mastering the psychology of an attack rather than focusing on its technical merits. An unknowing victim may be lured into an engaging conversation with a character that was specifically developed to match the target's likes and interests.Once the bait is taken, the conversations will move into a particular networking site where the illusion of growing intimacy is formed. The victims will be sent a link to a website where they'll discover that their conversations, contact information, and photos have been posted, and that they've been flagged as "cheaters".Her fondness to Randall's woven identity grew stronger, eventually pushing her to send him over 0K in the course of two years, despite the fact that they've never met.In the end, , who claims to be in Ghana, turned out to be what's known as a "catfish".However, when her friends sent a screen-grabbed image of her in a profile that resembled nothing like her, the story became all too real.She was no longer Kristin Shotwell from Chapel Hill, but a certain chocolate-obsessed “Kim”, hiding behind Facebook-uploaded images and a list of interests that suggests that this person exists.Catfishing refers to the scheme used by scam artists when they build a meticulously woven story to trap an unsuspecting victim.
Online crooks take advantage of seasonal events like this to stage phishing attacks.
” In a time of dating websites, video calls, and free dating apps, the link between romance and cybercrime has now become apparent as ever.
Cliché or not, it's true that love is indeed a powerful force.
These schemes always use the same tactics, but in constantly-changing ways.
The Better Business Bureau notes that in 2015, consumers spent billion on Valentine's Day.