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Phishing at Temu, AliExpress, Wish & Co.

Fraud trap online marketplace

More and more people are using non-European online marketplaces such as Temu, Wish and AliExpress because they offer both practical and economic advantages. However, in addition to problems such as longer shipping times and the risk of counterfeit or inferior products, the threat of cyberattacks in the form of spam, phishing and malware is constantly growing.

 

Why are these online stores so attractive to cyber criminals in the first place? And how do consumers protect themselves against phishing attacks and other threats via e-mail?

The challenge with Temu and AliExpress

Both Temu and AliExpress are huge online marketplaces with millions of registered users and countless transactions every day. This size and reach make them attractive for spam and phishing attacks. Fraudsters use the popularity and trust that these platforms enjoy to deceive potential victims.

 

How does the phishing problem manifest itself?

Spam emails claiming to be from Temu or AliExpress may ask you to click on suspicious links to be redirected to fake websites. These websites then try to intercept personal information or download malware onto the user’s computer.

Phishing attacks are often more subtle. For example, they contain fake order confirmations or delivery notifications designed to trick the user into clicking on links or opening attachments that are then used to steal sensitive information.

The State Criminal Police Office of Lower Saxony reported fake Temu delivery notifications as early as 2023: Fake Temu delivery notification – RATGEBER INTERNETKRIMINALITÄT (polizei-praevention.de)

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Why are non-European online stores so attractive to cyber criminals?

Non-European online shopping platforms such as Temu and AliExpress are particularly attractive to cyber criminals for various reasons. We have summarized the most important ones for you.

 

Large user base

The platforms have an enormous number of users from all over the world, which makes them a potentially lucrative target for cybercriminals. The simple equation: with a large user base, the probability that a fraudulent attack will be successful also increases.

 

Variety of products

Temu and AliExpress offer a wide range of products from various categories, including electronics, clothing, jewelry, household goods and more. This makes them attractive to fraudsters who want to sell counterfeit or inferior products.

 

International transactions

As these platforms serve the global market, the majority of transactions are international, making it more difficult to track and combat fraudulent activity.

 

Anonymity

The relative anonymity offered by online platforms invites cybercriminals to engage in fraudulent activities, as they are difficult to identify and hold accountable.

 

Lack of regulation

Compared to some more established and strictly regulated e-commerce platforms, non-European platforms such as Temu and AliExpress may have less stringent security and monitoring mechanisms. This makes it easier for cybercriminals to carry out their activities without being detected.

 

Popular with bargain hunters

The often low prices on these platforms attract bargain hunters looking for good deals. Fraudsters exploit this by offering counterfeit or inferior products at attractive prices to lure in unknowing customers.

 

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How can consumers protect themselves?

As a consumer, however, you are not defenceless against cyber attacks on AliExpress and Temu. Here are the most effective measures against fraudulent e-mails.

 

Be vigilant

If you are unsure whether an email or message is from Temu or AliExpress, go directly to the official website and check your account or orders there.

 

Use secure payment methods

Avoid passing on sensitive information via insecure channels and preferably use secure payment methods such as PayPal or credit cards with fraud protection.

 

Keep your software up to date

Make sure your computer or mobile device has the latest security updates to protect yourself from malware attacks.

 

Use a professional e-mail security solution

eXpurgate is a professional email security software that protects companies against all email-based threats. Dangers such as spam, phishing and malware are effectively warded off before they can infiltrate your mailboxes.

 

Conclusion

Overall, it is important to be aware of potential threats and take proactive measures to protect yourself. With proper attention, the use of good security practices and the help of efficient email security software, nothing stands in the way of a safe online shopping experience on platforms such as Temu and AliExpress.

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