Don’t fall in trap: Whatsapp is not at all offering 1000GB free Internet data

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 31 July 2019, 07:53 PM
Don’t fall in trap: Whatsapp is not at all offering 1000GB free Internet data (file photo)
Don’t fall in trap: Whatsapp is not at all offering 1000GB free Internet data (file photo)

Have you recently received any message which is offering 1000GB of free data from a popular brand? It is, however, highly recommended for the users to not fall into the trap that is been circulated to a number of users for money based on user reach.

CyberSecurity firm ESET firstly discovered the scam where the campaign was not hosted on some other domain than WhatsApp.

The user gets a link to click where it is redirected to a survey which contains series of questions. The researchers said, "While you would be responding to the questionnaire, the site would invite you to pass along the offer to at least 30 more people in order to qualify for the big reward. Needless to say, this is merely a way to boost the campaign's reach’’.

In a blog, researcher Luis Lubeck explained the scam and wrote, “What strikes us right off the bat here is that the URL that comes with the message is not an official WhatsApp domain’’

“Attacks that rely on social engineering are rampant, simply because they continue to be very effective.

"Con artists know full well that everybody likes to receive something for free or help others, and these are just some of our traits that make us susceptible to fraud’’.

Earlier in 2017, a similar bogus scheme was circulated around WhatsApp which offered to unlock free internet access but resulted but downloads malicious apps on the device.

 

First Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 07:53 PM
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