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Criminals target online shoppers in the pandemic

Europe’s policing agency warned that coronavirus pandemic flickered a rise of shopping fraud and criminals are targeting those victims who are working from home.

Europe’s policing agency’s annual cybercrime report also shows the second year of the pandemic has led to a major rise in delivery fraud in online shopping.

As the lockdown in Europe has extending due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases, has given opportunities to a number of new e-commerce platforms to grow. These new platforms are the target for criminals- police says.

Criminals offer goods and receive payment without delivering the item and they target platforms with weak security measures.

The criminal gangs pretend to offer information about a parcel with the target of getting victim’s account and credit card details. Criminals mostly send SMS on mobile phones.

The dark web is the main market for this kind of illicit activity. But recently, global police succeeded to close down illicit website such as DarkMarket in January.

Police informed that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Monero are some of the popular payment methods for illegal goods and services on the dark web.

Novel weapons are one of the most treaded thing on the dark web and also in encrypted chat groups.

In 2020, Spanish police has been successful to bust a workshop where these weapons are made.


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