Online shoppers, beware!
There’s a Hong Kong-based website that claims to be the official site of luxury brand Tiffany & Co. in order to steal the victims’ personal information, including credit card data, Sky Post reported on Friday.
The group behind the scheme sent out massive amounts of text messages to Hong Kong targets with a link to hk.tiffanyncoonline.com, and those who went to the website were offered Tiffany jewelry items at 90 percent discount.
Interested buyers must first become members of the club by providing their name, address and phone number. Only payments through credit cards are accepted.
The fake Tiffany website claims to be based in the United States but offers product repair service in Hong Kong.
The Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau said it has not received any complaints about the website, which has shut down as of 9 p.m. Thursday.
Information security professional Young Wo-sang said it was clearly a phishing website where a victim’s personal data were stolen as soon as they were submitted.
Francis Fong, chairman of the Hong Kong Association of Interactive Marketing, said consumers should be wary of websites that offer hefty price discounts, adding that they must first make sure the site is authentic before starting any transactions.
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