World Internet Day: 4 million MB WAY users and lots of scams

World Internet Day – celebrated on May 17 – is a date that marks digital inclusion and promotes public awareness of the benefits of the Internet.

On that day, the MB WAY service announced that it had reached 4 million users. On the other hand, it is also known that Internet scams have increased by 22%.

The Multibanco network manager and responsible for the app announced on this World Internet Day that April 2022 was the best month for MB WAY in terms of total operations, with more than 28 million transactions, of which 42% correspond to purchases in physical stores. and online. The SIBS points to this trend as an indicator of the “increasing normalization of consumption in a post-pandemic context”, reveals the ECO.

The service already has more than 6.6 million registered debit, credit or meal cards.

World Internet Day: Online scams increase by 22%

Complaints related to internet scams increased by 22% from January to April, reveals the Portal da Complaint. Fraudulent websites, phishing cases are the main reasons for complaints from consumers. Digital literacy is essential for safe and informed use in the digital environment, defends the Portal da Queixa.

Topping the charts for internet fraud complaints are brands such as Tiffosi, Lefties and Wizink. Cases of website cloning are linked to the two brands of the Spanish textile group Inditex, where consumers make purchases, do not receive the product and lose money and, in the case of Wizink, the most reported problem concerns attempts or concrete cases of phishing. .

Some tips to help you stay safe

  • Create secure passwords and update them regularly:
    • having the same password for everything is an easy target. Nowadays, there are secure platforms – like Lastpass or 1password.
  • Don’t skip software updates:
    • It only takes a few minutes, and it’s an important action that will update the security and privacy settings.
  • Questionable sender, with alert message
    • never open this type of message from unknown senders or numbers, especially if they invite you to open a link or share personal data. Alert messages (alleged debts, late payments, cancellation alerts) are common practice in phishing attacks.
  • Brand or entity known, but with a strange message
    • if you receive a message from a recognized entity or brand asking you to open a link, do not open it. In the case of websites, always make sure that they are genuine and not duplicated.
  • Attacks via social networks
    • the duplication of profiles of brands, celebrities or influencers is real and more and more frequent. There are fake “Giveaways” profiles that trick people into leaving their personal or credit card details on unknown platforms available on the internet.
  • Bank fraud, if you have been the victim of phishing alert your bank
    • Banks are already aware of fraud situations, which is why they have increasingly created security mechanisms for card activation. However, card duplication or data loss remains an unsolved problem. If you have been the victim of phishing, immediately cancel all your cards and alert your bank.
  • If in doubt, always report it and share your experience: .

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World Internet Day: 4 million MB WAY users and lots of scams


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