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Fake Ray-Ban ad a dangerous scam, says security firm

Internet security firm ESET on Wednesday issued a warning about a scam involving sales of Ray-Ban sunglasses in which buyers could have their financial details stolen.
Using fake ads that offer massive discounts, attackers try to lure users into “buying” branded sunglasses, thus giving up their payment card details via an unsecured channel, ESET said.
Spread mostly via posts disguised as ads for Ray-Bans, the scam also tags a small group of the intended victim’s friends.
Attackers have also created a lot of bogus Facebook pages and events indirectly leading users to visit their scam stores. Other channels used to spread this hoax included communication apps such as WhatsApp, Viber, iMessage or Facebook Messenger.
ESET said the scammers have even reverted to an older “but still very efficient way of spamming potential victims” – email.
The latest email spamming campaigns were redirecting to pages that accepted not only major currencies but less used ones such as Brazilian real, New Zealand dollars, Swedish kronor, Danish kroner, Singapore dollar, Swiss francs, Norwegian kroner, and Czech koruna.
“We would like to advise users to be extra careful and pay attention when dealing with offers promising high discounts on cheap branded goods. Browsing these web pages is not risky in itself, but proceeding to order and pay definitely is,” the firm warned.
“These fake e-shops are not genuine. Therefore, sensitive data can be stolen and misused, or even eavesdropped upon by malicious third parties.”
Anyone who receives an email selling overly discounted goods should not open any URL links inside the body of the email or download its attachment, but report such email as spam.
On Facebook, users should not react to any messages, tagged photos or advertisement images sent to their wall and remove a tag of themselves from any such images posted by your friends.

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