- Hans Weber
- November 29, 2023
Czech Citizens Alerted to Resurgence of Scammers Posing as Government Authorities
Internet scammers are once again posing a threat to citizens in the Czech Republic through the creation of fake government websites. The fraudulent websites closely mimic those of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MPSV) and exploit individuals seeking social benefits due to financial hardships. Additionally, scammers have extended their tactics to exploit the authority of the presidential office.
The proliferation of fake MPSV websites dates back to mid-2020, a period when many individuals were grappling with escalating energy costs and exploring avenues for social support. Since then, these scams have resurfaced in waves.
Minister of Labor Marian Jurečka (KDU-ČSL) underscored the gravity of the situation, warning citizens about the resurgence of scammers who impersonate the ministry’s website and distribute counterfeit SMS and emails. Jurečka urged individuals to exclusively use the official domain, www.mpsv.cz, for accessing information. He emphasized the availability of an online assistant and vital contact details on the official government website.
The National Cyber and Information Security Agency highlighted scammers’ tactics, which involve sending phishing SMS messages containing links to their deceptive websites. These URLs often mirror the domains of state institutions, with fraudulent domains like ceska-mpsv.cz, mpsv-egov.online, or mpsv.info designed to mislead users. The sole secure domain is mpsv.cz.
When users click on these deceptive links, they are redirected to fake websites resembling official institutions, prompting them to log in using their bank credentials. This provides scammers access to users’ bank accounts and personal information, which can then be exploited or sold.
Furthermore, scammers redirect users to pages soliciting payment card information. Once submitted, attackers can exploit this data to siphon funds through selected payment gateways.
The National Cyber and Information Security Agency has urged users to exercise caution, verify website authenticity, and avoid disclosing sensitive information. Government institutions never solicit sensitive data via email or text, making it crucial for individuals to adopt a vigilant approach and confirm the legitimacy of any requests for personal information.
As the prevalence of these scams persists, citizens are reminded of the necessity to stay informed, exercise caution online, and promptly report suspicious activities to relevant authorities.
Article by Prague Forum