Vanilla Reload Scams and how to identify them

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Vanilla users be warned. Vanilla users are being hunted by cybercriminals and hackers which want to make some fast money. The scammers, hackers and cybercriminals have setup various websites which lure unaware users with fancy and “must have” claims.

Vanilla card scammers

The scammers will not directly ask for the credentials of Vanilla users, the scammers will first create an environment which will trick the Vanilla user into believing that he/she is on a genuine website / environment.

Once the scammer has won the trust of the Vanilla card user, the scammer will claim that the Vanilla card user has to purchase something in order to validate that they are a genuine Vanilla user.

It is in the “small” purchase procedure which the Vanilla card user gets scammed. In this procedure the scammer will steal the credentials which are used to pay with the Vanilla card.

Vanilla card hackers

The hackers will perform more aggressive methods to gain Vanilla card credentials. These hackers will target genuine webshops and website which they will infect with code that will steal credentials of all the clients (victims) which use the webshop and the Vanilla card.

Vanilla card cybercriminals

The difference between hackers and cybercriminals is the fact that the cybercriminals work in gangs and are often part of a organized crime network. These crime networks will deploy physical and digital environments to steal Vanilla card credentials.

How to identify fake Vanilla card environments

The fastest way to identify if an online environment is malicious, is by using the VirusTotal service. On the Virustotal website, you can submit a URL / domain and it will check if it contains malware or suspicious code.

The second step is to look for the contact information.

But we strongly urge you to take a look at the domain, and make sure that you can see HTTPS. HTTPS is a secured protocol which verifies that the website you are on, is actually the website you wish to visit.

If you do not see the “green” HTTPS protocol in front of the domain, I strongly urge you NOT to perform a transaction via that site.

Please share this information, and always double check the website if you are going to make an online transaction.

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