Have you ever received a Facebook message with offers of sunglasses with a 70% discount ? And a message from WhatsApp that warns you that you can get a gift voucher of 200 euros for the 50th anniversary of a sports brand? #No pics is about the latest scams that are spreading through social networks and messaging apps.
Yes, pirates also take advantage of WhatsApp to try to sneak hoaxes about supposedly carcinogenic drugs , or scams to steal your banking information through phishing . In many cases it is people who get bored and enjoy doing “jokes” but in others it is scam attempts very well prepared by criminal organizations . At this point I’m sure you know that nobody, Euskaltel either, asks you for your data by email . But, just in case, we will inform you of the latest scams that haunt the network:
Clothing gift coupon
In September, a supposed offer of a well-known clothing brand ran like wildfire through WhatsApp: the chain promised a coupon of 150 eurazos just by clicking on the link that appeared in the message . By doing so, I redirected you to a page that was almost identical to that of the brand, and asked you to include your data to access that coupon. But of the gift, no trace: in the best of cases, your phone was already infected with some type of malware . And at worst, you had given your data to an organization of hackers who only wanted to steal your information.
Another scam widespread by WhatsApp invited you to answer three questions from a survey to get a prize: five barrels of beer. But when entering that link and answering the questions, they asked for your personal information in order to give you the prize and the scam was completed. The company itself denied this tweet . Watch out!
Free coffee makers
Another of the false offers that began circulating on WhatsApp was one that ensured that if you signed up to try new varieties of coffee they would give you a coffee machine. The procedure was just as simple: in the message appeared a link that redirected you to an apparently official page and you had to leave your personal information so that they could send you the coffee machine and the capsules … Does it seem credible? Well, no.
If you have received a message to activate a supposed color version of WhatsApp, delete it now: just try to control the information on your mobile. The Police has already warned that it is a new scam that aims to activate Premium SMS services without you knowing or putting malware on your smartphone.
The director of WhatsApp writes to you
And we leave the weirdest for the end: imagine that you receive a message from, neither more nor less, the WhatsApp director! Right from the beginning, the subject smells bad, but let’s continue. The CEO in question is not Jan Koum but someone named Germán Menafre! And there are two. And it turns out that the reason for the message is that WhatsApp only has 530 accounts left and that you have to forward that message to all your contacts. If you do not, your account will be inactive and, tachán … you will lose all your contacts. Touched and sunk. We do not know if the one who moved this message wanted to play a joke on such Germán, but has prepared one of the most surreal whacks of WhatsApp?
Jokes, like the latter, apart, as you can see there are a lot of scams circulating there and it is easy to fall into them if you do not pay attention. So, if you do not want to snack, apply common sense and these tips that we have prepared for you:
If it is too good to be true, it is false . This is a golden rule that applies to almost everything. But if you are a hyper optimistic person, move on to the next …
Use Google. For the good and the bad, the internet gives you the key. It does not cost you anything to google a bit and look for information about these offers. Many times the web warns you that they are fakes or scam attempts.
Check the url There are many ways to check if the web to which you have been redirected is false or not. If it’s a bid, it sure is in the home, so check it out. If not … bad stuff.
Beware of phishing. Most of the scams are phishing , that is, a method used by hackers to pose as a bank or trustworthy company and get your personal data. They will always address you through email or WhatsApp messages, so remember that no company will ask for your personal information through these methods.
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