If you sign up to a website using your mobile phone or send an SMS to a mobile number, you may become a victim of fraud. You may find that even after sending a payment, you don't receive the promised service, or that a small amount is regularly debited from your account.
The situations described below may occur if you visit fraudulent or infected sites (please note that a website that was secure yesterday may be infected today). They may also be the result of malware on your computer.
You receive an activation code on your phone and are asked to enter it on the site.
You send the SMS. The cost to send this message turns out to be higher than it should be according to your cellular plan. In addition, the website may not contain any information on prices, or this information is hidden away in an unnoticeable location on the site.
Immediately after you send the SMS to a mobile number, a certain amount is deducted from your phone. In some cases, money starts being withdrawn from your phone every day.
Yandex monitors websites connected with SMS fraud and phishing, and stores their URLs in a special database. If you try to visit a website linked to SMS fraud, Yandex.Browser blocks the dangerous webpage and inform you of it. You'll receive a message in your browser window and the icon will appear on the right side of SmartBox.
We strongly recommend that you do not visit this type of website. Visiting these types of resources can be dangerous for the following reasons:
Protect has a database of infected and fraudulent websites that contains more than 80,000 websites. However, some such websites might not be included in the database if complaints have yet to be received about them. Take the following precautions to protect yourself from hackers:
To disable malware protection
Click the icon → Settings.
In the lower part of the Settings page, click the Show advanced settings button.
If you believe that your website has been mistakenly included in the list of websites suspected of SMS fraud, please contact us using the feedback form.