Spoof and Fraud attempts- Id verification solutions to the rescue

ID verification solutions:

Where traditional means of business are fading and technological innovations have taken over, the advancement of technology has also given rise to spoofing and fraud. Cybercriminals and scammers have increasingly disrupted the software and damaged computer systems. Injecting malicious software into the user’s computers through various variants has been a common practice. However, considering the significant increase in unauthorized attempts, facial recognition have been developed that authenticate the identity of the user before getting him on board and preventing future risks.

What is Spoofing?

A type of scam where the fraudster impersonates himself as an authentic source in order to trick the user into disclosing personal information is known as spoofing. The illicitly acquired information is then used for fraudulent purposes. With the ultimate aim to extort money, induce malicious malware into the software and steal personal information, the cyber adversary adopts the following ways to spoof the user:

Types:

  • Email Spoofing: The most common form of spoofing where the scammer claims to be an authentic contact, either by changing the credentials of the company slightly or copying the address of a known contact. For example, replacing the ‘O’ in Amazon with a zero (0). Such spoofed emails contain malicious links that inject harmful viruses in the user’s computer.
  • Spoof Calls/ Messages: A spoofed call by the adversary tends to steal personal information as in, the date of birth, social security number, and even the banking details from the user by contacting them from numbers similar to those of the bank.
  • IP Spoofing: IP Spoofing is mostly used by attackers when they intend to make a Dos Attack. The attacker, intending to hide his real identity or claiming to be someone else, alters the IP address for the purpose of restricting the user’s access and flooding his website with traffic.
  • GPS Spoofing: Mostly used in gaming, GPS spoofing tends to alter the registered location of the user to a different location.
  • Website/DNS Spoofing: This particularly happens when a fake website very similar to a real one is created by the attacker. He does that by slightly changing the domain of an existing website. When the users log into it, their credentials are stolen which could either be used for fraudulent purposes or sold further.

Detecting Spoof Attempts:

Considering the fact that the attackers rarely follow traditional ways of fraud and spoofing, rather, acquire witty technological tactics to fool the user, vigilant and in depth inspection is the need of the hour. However, certain cases of spoofing are easy to detect and demand diligence in this regard. For spoof detection algorithms have been developed that recognize any non-authentic activity. To save themselves from the potential risk, the users are advised to keep a vigilant eye while working online, and not fall for any fraud.

Email and website spoofing, being the most common demands the most attention and can be prevented by focusing on the following measures:

  • Being aware that the URL of the website does not begin by HTTP but HTTPS
  • Checking that the domain is correct
  • Refrain from opening any unsolicited links
  • Authenticate the sender’s address
  • Do not enter your credentials if the password manager does not automatically fill in the login.
  • Before accessing the link, checking its content on google helps detect if it is an ongoing scam.

Apart from these, analyzing the following measures helps in spoof detection to a considerable extent.

  1. Demanding sensitive Information: If you are approached by anyone through any means, especially, calls or emails, requesting personal information i.e. social security number, banking details, or private credential requests, it is a red flag. Authentic reputable businesses never ask for such information through emails or calls. Refrain from falling into the trap and authenticate their identity before giving in the details.
  2. Different domains: Authentic websites’ URL always matches their current domain. It is especially important to check that in situations where the content contains links. If the domain differs from the “from’ or “sent” field, it is a scam.
  3. Grammatical or Graphical errors: Any such error detected in the email or a website speaks of its legitimacy. Reputable businesses and legitimate service providers always have grammatically correct content.

How Shufti Pro assists in detecting frauds: 

Fraud detection processes complying with the ID verification solutions significantly reduce the attacker’s fraudulent attempts to damage software. These processes usually combat frauds such as identity theft, cyberhacking, scams, fraudulent credit card transactions, etc. Shufti Pro, an deep learning face recognition provider, brings an extended list of real-time solutions to fight multifaceted frauds through KYC and AML compliance. Verification of selfies, documents, and 2- factor authentication authenticates the identity of the user and eliminates risks and financial crimes.

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