WhatsApp Scam: Beware of the free internet offer that might land you in trouble

Beware before clicking on any suspicious URLs on whatsapp.
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On Monday, ESET revealed that con artists are scamming victims by offering free internet on WhatsApp. Everybody loves free stuff but one must always see the red flags before getting lured into a fraudulent website.

The free internet scam is going out of our hands which tempts people by stating false news like free internet on the social network.

Stay away from the new WhatsApp scam

A new fraudulent campaign is doing the rounds on the internet. Besides, the same domain is hosting more scams that are too good to be true. The domain also claims that it offers are from some of the famous brands to trap the victims.

Think before clicking on scam text links!

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As per the study of ESET, some researchers received a text message on WhatsApp that stated the app is offering 1000 GB of internet data to their customers to celebrate their anniversary. Let’s find out more about the scam to get greater detail.

Scam messages comes with a link

One weird thing about the message is that the scam text message has a URL added to it which does not belong from an official WhatsApp domain. We know that some big business companies take help from 3rd parties to do promotions. Make sure to always check the company’s official website to see if the promotion is valid or fake.

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Moreover, do not click on the URL which is purposefully added for the clickbait. But if have already clicked it, then it would take you to a website that allows the user to answer numerous questions. The survey form makes you believe that the app is real, and ask you a series of questions like “How did you know about our offer?”

WhatsApp Fake Survey

Later on, after answering all the questions, the website would claim to offer you a bigger reward if you pass the survey to at least 30 more individuals.

What are con artists gaining from such scams?

The main aim of the fraudsters is to get as many clicks on their links. Moreover, this click frauds helps them to gain revenue that is highly dependent on racking up bogus ad clicks.

Unfortunately, researchers couldn’t find any malicious software which instantly gets download by just one click. Besides, they also didn’t find any 3rd party trying to collect user’s data. Apart from WhatsApp-themed scam, the domain also hosts other scams from companies like Nestle, Adidas, Rolex and many more.

The scammers want to fill their pockets by offering WhatsApp-themed scam. By clicking on such scams you might end up their website that could download third-party apps on your laptop or phone. So beware and do your research before clicking on any random links.

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