With alarming messages that indicate the loss of access to accounts or services if the requested information is not sent, taking advantage of a false urgencythe people contacted end up giving data and personal information to cybercriminals.
The Prex Alert
“We want to be emphatic: never, under any circumstances, will Prex request access credentials from its users. It is personal and non-transferable data, its care being the exclusive responsibility of the account holder”, points out the bcc of Prex, Clara Villalbain the statement distributed among the company’s clients.
The document also details the expansion of this crime, where 91% of all cyberattacks begin through this ruse, according to data from Deloitte.
Meanwhile, in the last year, there was a 6% increase in cyberattacks in Uruguay, phishing being one of the most recurring forms of digital scams, with a participation of 36% of them, according to data from the Information Security Incident Response Center of Uruguay (CERTuy).
Among the recommendations that the company gives so that users do not fall into the cyber criminals’ trap, it stands out that the sender of the received mail should be checked and, in the case of social networks, that this is the verified account.
In turn, it indicates that “never” should be entered in the attached links of any message, or provide the username, password or cell phone number. “When in doubt, be prudent and do not take risks,” he says.
Meanwhile, in case of having fallen, it indicates that the account must be blocked urgently and, if possible, change the password and unlink the devices that are not recognized, and then contact the company through the email destined for these cases and carry out a complaint in complex crimes.