Agency warns of online fraud leading up to Chuseok

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Agency warns of online fraud leading up to Chuseok

The Korea Internet & Security Agency on Wednesday warned of online fraud ahead of the Chuseok holiday. The agency says people should be careful opening Chuseok greetings text messages and others involving parcel delivery.

These fraudulent text messages usually include a URL link, which secretly installs malicious apps that spy or steal personal and financial information.

In previous Chuseok cases, the spread of fraudulent text messages almost tripled two to three days prior to the holiday, the agency said.

The agency emphasized that parcel notifications from shipping companies never contain URL links, and smartphone users should prevent automatic installations of malicious applications by resetting the device’s security option to prohibit apps developed from unknown sources from being automatically installed.

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