Identifying Online Scammers and Ways to Protect Yourself Against Security Concerns

August 31, 2020

Hikvision HikWire blog article online scammers SIW

Hikvision Covers COVID-19 Related Hacks, Phishing & Cyberattacks


The article, “How businesses can fight back against online scammers,” discusses recent COVID-19 driven scams and security concerns, and discusses ways to protect your business.

From the article: “While many of us are working from home due to the current pandemic, criminals and scammers are also hard at work from home and have been increasingly more brazen since the stay-at-home orders have been put into effect. In popular media, we see television shows such as ‘90 Day Fiancé,’ ‘Catfish: The TV Show,’ and others depicting people being scammed by unscrupulous individuals online who are pretending to be someone they are not.  Those scams are often colloquially referred to as phishing or catfish scams. Not only do these scams affect and target individuals, but they also target businesses.”

Scams have included phishing, and even fraudsters setting up a domain name using the trademark of a real business. In another HikWire blog, we covered a similar scam: “Cyber-criminals are buying website domain names that get people’s attention, related to items such as face masks and hand sanitizers, then “creating fake websites to sell products that don’t exist.”

The article recommended a few actions that businesses can take:

  • Work with law enforcement and engage your attorney. Legal counsel can attempt to enforce business trademarks, especially in the case of domain names that infringe on a real business.
  • You can have your attorney file what’s called a Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) to take control over a fake domain name, preventing future fraud.

Learn more about recent cyberattacks and phishing hacks. Check out this Hikvision blog: “Hikvision Blog Series: Senior Cybersecurity Director on COVID-19 Hacks, Phishing & Cyberattacks.”

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