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Scammers Exploit Anticipated Hollywood Movies ‘Barbie’ and ‘Oppenheimer’ to Steal Users’ Money and Data

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According to cybersecurity company Kaspersky, scammers are utilizing the hype surrounding two highly anticipated Hollywood films, “Barbie” starring Margot Robbie and Christopher Nolan’s “Oppenheimer,” as a means to unlawfully obtain users’ hard-earned funds and sensitive personal information.

Kaspersky’s report reveals that these fraudsters are employing phishing scams to deceive unsuspecting individuals, capitalizing on the excitement surrounding these movie releases. Their ultimate goal is to trick people into sharing their money and personal data through fraudulent means.

One of the discovered fraudulent websites offers enticing deals on Barbie dolls in conjunction with the movie’s premiere. In addition to regular dolls, users are enticed to purchase limited-edition movie-related dolls, such as the one featuring lead actress Margot Robbie, for a price of approximately 12 pounds sterling.

After users make their selection, they are directed to a purchase form that prompts them to provide personal identification details, including name, address, phone number, and banking information. Unbeknownst to the unsuspecting users, this information is sent directly to the scammers, resulting in both financial risks and potential privacy breaches if the stolen data is sold on the Dark Web Market.

Kaspersky’s security expert, Olga Svistunova, warns users about the importance of maintaining vigilance and practicing safe online habits in order to enjoy the Barbie and Oppenheimer experiences while protecting themselves from lurking cyber threats.

Furthermore, the report highlights that scammers have also targeted the release of “Oppenheimer,” using the allure of free movie streaming as bait. Their true motive, however, is to pilfer users’ banking information and money.

This common scam tactic involves requesting a nominal registration fee, typically one dollar or euro, and linking a bank card to proceed. Unfortunately, this grants the scammers unauthorized access to users’ accounts, allowing them to initiate difficult-to-cancel debits.

In light of these findings, it is crucial for individuals to remain cautious and exercise online safety measures to safeguard their financial resources and personal information amidst the excitement generated by these movies.

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