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Before Black Friday, thousands of blanks for fraudulent sites appeared in Runet

Since the beginning of October, tens of thousands of domain names have been registered on the Russian Internet with the theme of Black Friday and other sales that will follow it. Igor Sergienko, Director of the Special Services Department of RTK-Solar, told Gazeta.Ru about this. He noted that these domains are highly likely to be blanks for fraudulent sites.

“Since the beginning of October, on the eve of Black Friday, more than 35,000 domain names have been registered containing various combinations of the words “black”, “friday” and “promokod” in their names. Sometimes these words are used together with the names of well-known brands and online stores,” said Igor Sergienko.

Evgeny Egorov, an analyst at the Digital Risk Protection Department at Group-IB, emphasized that already registered fraudulent resources began to appear in November. The sites discovered by the company posed as well-known electronics stores in Russia.

“On them, fraudsters offered victims to purchase popular models of smartphones, laptops and other household appliances at a discount of more than 50%. Next, it was proposed to fill out a standard form for paying for goods with a bank card. As a result of such a scheme, fraudsters receive money from the victim for the “purchase” and their card details,” said Evgeny Egorov.

Experts say that the easiest way to check a suspicious site for reliability is to determine its age using services like whois and If a site pretends to be the official resource of a popular brand, but was registered only a few months ago, then it is probably a scam.

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