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Fraud alert

Some sites are fake and pretend to be the real thing. It's worth keeping in mind that visiting these sites may lead to losing confidential information, money, etc.

If you end up on such a site, browsers with Yandex Elements will alert you to the danger:

We insist that you not visit this site.

Visiting resources like this is risky because:

  • the site may conceal (without clearly warning you) that services offered are paid and, in addition, ask you to perform actions that lead to money being debited from your mobile phone;

  • services paid for are, in fact, not provided. In a range of cases, services already paid for may not appear as you expected.

Follow these simple rules to avoid pay for unnecessary services:

  • Do not enter your mobile number on sites that you do not trust completely. Also avoid transmitting any other personal information (bank card numbers and PIN codes, passport/driver's license information, user names or passwords, etc.).
  • Don't send messages from your phone to numbers shown on sites.

How payment for services can spring up

Register on a site using your mobile phone

The site requires you to enter your mobile number under various pretenses. For example, to register on a site or to verify that you're a robot, to activate program updates, to avoid blocking your account on social networks, etc.

Then you will receive a “secret” code on your telephone that you are asked to enter on the site. Entering this code actually means that you agree to register for a paid subscription.

The result: you enter the “secret” code and some money starts to be debited from your telephone on a daily basis.

An example

Send a message to a short number from your telephone

You are asked to send a message from your telephone to the number shown on the site. Then you will receive a “secret” code on your telephone that you are asked to enter on the site.

The cost of sending an SMS to a short number is usually higher than the cost of an SMS according to your phone plan. This information may not be shown at all on the site or shown in a difficult place to notice on the site.

The result: an amount of money is debited from your telephone immediately after sending a message to the short number. In a range of cases, money may be debited from your telephone on a daily basis.

An example
Attention! 

The situations described above can also occur because of viruses installed on a user's computer. Virus can also seize information that you enter on sites and send it to hackers. That's why we insist that you use .