DARK web criminals are getting into the Black Friday spirit by offering discounts on illegal goods, according to experts.
Cyber-researchers have spotted deals and discount codes for drugs, fake IDs and stolen data.
According to Sky News, James Chappell, co-founder of online security firm Digital Shadows, revealed: “We’ve seen the same strategies that online retailers and physical retailers use, being used in these criminal markets.
We see them used either to provide discounts, stack em high and sell em cheap’ type strategies, and we have seen the same with discount codes, introductions, building up excitement before the event, adverts that entice and enthuse.
A report this week found that UK criminals make more money selling drugs online than anywhere else in Europe.
The research was conducted by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction and revealed that there was £24 million worth of online drug sales in 2017/18.
he dark web is accessed using special browsers that offer users a higher degree of privacy and anonymity.
However, illegal drug sales have also been observed on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.
In the legal world of Black Friday, shoppers have been warned that some deals may not be as good as they seem.
A report by consumer group Which? has found that only 5% of deals on Black Friday will actually be offering the cheapest price for products.