Authorities Find 20,000 Fraud Websites Targeting Japanese (News)


Tokyo, Dec. 21 (Jiji Press)—The Japan Cybercrime Control Center and the National Police Agency said Thursday they have found 19,834 fraudulent websites targeting Japanese to date, including those disguised as shopping sites.

Information on the sites was provided to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, an international organization in the United States that combats cybercrime.

The JCCC, a Tokyo-based nonprofit organization, outlines characteristics of such sites on its website. It calls on people to use caution, particularly when they find unnatural Japanese on websites and accounts of individuals are designated as payment recipients.

According to the JCCC, people looking for products using search engines are guided to fraud sites via websites that are arranged so they are displayed at or near the top of search results.

Many ordinary websites, including those of hospitals and retail businesses run by individuals, were manipulated so that they would transfer visitors to phishing and other fraud sites.

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