National Consumer Center – a scam collecting sensitive users’ data by using suspicious surveys

National Consumer Center scam redirects the user to various websites and delivers advertisements

The scamming model where people are lured to participate in the suspicious lottery is not new but this is a very dangerous activity. People think they can get an expensive smartphone or another valuable prize but the only thing they are actually getting is a cyber infection. These pop-up windows state that you can get a variety of prizes, awards from these surveys that you need to fill out. Unfortunately, there is a privacy issue here. It is known, that questionnaires might ask you to enter personal information or even banking credentials.

National Consumer Center scam – potentially unwanted program that is closely related to adware that is generally based on displaying excessive amounts of commercial content. This relation means that every ad displayed by this program creates revenue for the sponsor and advertiser. However, it does nothing positive for the user since it displays them on the screen and keeps you from accessing wanted sites or programs. These ads or websites can also be filled with a malicious script or designed to automatically install tools or programs after one click on the pop-up window.

Scam uses various surveys to collect user information

This is a program that operates on a pay per click basis and has a purpose of generating revenue. If you click on something displayed on the screen redirects, pop-up ads and so on start to constantly fill up your screen. This is one of the ways of collecting your data. Getting on the system allows these people behind a scam to reach the information about your online browsing habits, your search queries, and location, IP address, most viewed sites and searched sales or deals.

Furthermore, the surveys you are asked to fill out are asking various questions that might be more personal than everyone thinks. Many users stated that questionnaires included questions about the person directly. Personal details like email addresses, occupation or even banking information were required during these surveys, according to affected people. This information can be shared with hackers or other cybercriminals and later used to attack the device of certain people directly.

Valuable prizes can easily trick people

This scam is luring people with huge rewards like iPhones, gaming consoles, reward cards and so on. These are appealing and people may be more careless when entering information about themselves. Puting down your email, full name or even banking information may lead to a more significant scam. People behind this can later try to swindle money from you directly. These hackers can also sell this information about users to third-parties or even cybercriminals.

This is the main issue because if you get something more harmful, like ransomware, you may lose your data or a big amount of money. These scam attacks are not that harmless as you may think. It can bring more trouble to your device or even for you personally. It looks simple and safe when you are answering random and meaningless questions. There are a few campaigns that work like that and are really rewarding people with smartphones or gift cards. However, the type of legitimate campaign can easily be used by malicious people. Do not participate in these lotteries if you are not sure about the source and pay more attention while browsing online.