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Google Chrome Warning Scam: Your Bank Details May Be In Danger

In an age where internet security has beefed up, cyber criminals are keeping pace. Online scammers are getting smarter and more sophisticated than ever before. A Google Chrome warning is making the rounds: users, your credit card details may be in danger, due to a new online scam.

The software going around is a piece of malware that appears on your desktop as a Google Chrome icon. As you click on it, it opens a page that looks eerily like any regular Chrome browser page. Dubbed “Betaling”, the software then tries to trick you into sending your credit card details to an email.

Google Chrome Warning: Beware Betaling

When Betaling opens, it will present you with the same URL navigation bar and even the same HTTPS lock icon. A “Google Chrome warning” of its own will then appear onscreen: a message instructing the user to download a program update. Otherwise, it will suggest that “Chrome” cannot be used. It will then prompt users to enter their card details into a form.

Upon confirmation, the numbers are collected and saved in a database, likely in some far-off server. The cybercriminals will then get to access these at their leisure.

The design of the browser is solid enough to fool some unsuspecting victims not on the lookout for such a criminal SOP. There are, however, a few easy tells to avoid falling for the software:

For one, the browser always appears using Windows 8’s metro-style design, even if it’s being run on Windows 7. The browser also cannot be resized like any regular browser window. It is stuck in one size, with no option to even minimize or maximize the window. The window cannot be dragged, nor can another URL be input.

Targeting Netherlands

The software appears only in Dutch, however. In fact,”betaling” is the Dutch word for “payment” – an indicator of whom the scammers are targeting with the false Chrome.

According to Bleeping Computer, security researchers have already taken the software apart. The discovery pointed to the credit card data being compiled through the email address WhatsApp.hack@aol.com.

Aside from the Betaling logs, researchers apparently also discovered an unidentified keylogger, with logs going back as early as January 2016. The security researchers found recurring email addresses through the keylogger, which they suggested belonged to the scammer or scammers. It seems like the program had undergone a testing phase before being “released” to the public.

Netizens have been quick to point out the Google Chrome warning and the obvious tells for the software. However, it only takes one foolish moment to fall for such a program – a constant reminder of the vigilance we need when we hit the net.

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