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    Facebook rated the least safe e-commerce option in government rankings - Singapore's safety scheme measures scam-combatting capability

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Tuesday, 17 May - 10:23 · 1 minute

A newly implemented e-commerce rating system in the city-state of Singapore has rated Facebook's Marketplace as the least trustworthy e-commerce platform, behind Amazon and its Alibaba-owned Asian analogue Lazada. The ratings system, known as the E-commerce Marketplace Transaction Safety Ratings (TSR) [PDF], was launched on May 14th by the Inter-Ministry Committee on Scams (IMCS).

From personal experience, my own daughter has been defrauded twice via Facebook Marketplace. My own dealings with Amazon have not been bad, as they at least have a call centre which sorts things out for you. On Facebook's side, they have zero interest in sorting anything out, as it is mostly user to user sales. Locally we also have a marketplace called Bid or Buy, and they can act as the middle-person by accepting the client payment, you dispatch the goods, and then withdraw the funds from them if the buyer has received them in order. This has worked very well for me, as it also assures me that an actual payment has been made. I'd happily part with a small percentage for this service, as it gives the buyer some peace of mind too.

See https://www.theregister.com/2022/05/17/facebook_rated_least_safe_ecommerce/

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    Hundreds of e-commerce sites booby-trapped with payment card-skimming malware - The hacked sites were running outdated Magento 1 e-commerce platform

    GadgeteerZA · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 11 February, 2022 - 15:09

About 500 e-commerce websites were recently found to be compromised by hackers who installed a credit card skimmer that surreptitiously stole sensitive data when visitors attempted to make a purchase.

“The Natural Fresh skimmer shows a fake payment popup, defeating the security of a (PCI compliant) hosted payment form,” firm researchers wrote on Twitter. “Payments are sent to https://naturalfreshmall[.]com/payment/Payment.php.”

If your credit card company provides single use, or pausable, virtual cards, it is well worth the effort to make use of those. You can use a virtual card once, and then delete it. This is especially necessary on foreign, or never before used, sites. For regular payments, I've set up a separate virtual card with a tight monthly limit.

See https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2022/02/hundreds-of-e-commerce-sites-booby-trapped-with-payment-card-skimming-malware/

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    Boom! Hacked page on mobile phone website is stealing customers’ card data

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 6 October, 2020 - 00:20

A cartoon depicts a thief emerged from one computer and reaching onto the screen of another.

Enlarge / Computer hacker character stealing money online. Vector flat cartoon illustration (credit: GettyImages )

If you’re in the market for a new mobile phone plan, it’s best to avoid turning to Boom! Mobile. That is, unless you don’t mind your sensitive payment card data being sent to criminals in an attack that remained ongoing in the last few hours.

According to researchers from security firm Malwarebytes, Boom! Mobile’s boom.us website is infected with a malicious script that skims payment card data and sends it to a server under the control of a criminal group researchers have dubbed Fullz House. The malicious script is called by a single line that comprises mostly nonsense characters when viewed with the human eye.

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(credit: Malwarebytes)

When decoded from Base64 format , the line translates to: paypal-debit[.]com/cdn/ga.js. The JavaScript code ga.js masquerades as a Google Analytics script at one of the many fraudulent domains operated by Fullz House members.

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