WhatsApp circulates two fake promotions involving Melissa, women's shoe brand, and kitchenware maker Tramontina. The first text promises 1,500 pairs of free shoes and already has over 60,000 hits and shares. The second chain says it offers 3,000 free cookware games, and has had over 11,000 interactions. The survey was done by Emilio Simoni, director of dfndr lab, PSafe's digital security laboratory.
THE TechTudo He asked the security company what the purpose of cybercriminals would be, but had no return until the publication of this issue. However, based on other scams, it can be concluded that the goal would be to make money from fraudulent advertisements. Also, behind the links, hackers may try to steal data from users.
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Both messages could be considered phishing scam attempts, operating in a similar way to an alleged Adidas promotion, which won out earlier this week. In Black Friday ms, it may be common for WhatsApp to share fake offers.
Google Trends, the site that monitors Google searches, has seen a sudden surge in demand for the term "melissa 40 years" over the past week, in reference to the brand's birthday, the reason for the promotion. Other popular searches include "melissa grtis" and "promo tramontina". False offers also sparked Twitter, some users reported receiving rumors sent from multiple sources.
Customers all have viruses sending in whats. the tramontina, hawaiian, melissa, everyone giving free product
– November 7, 2019
Phishing scams like these can become common during the period before Black Friday 2019. It is important to take some security measures so as not to take unnecessary risks. First, be wary of promos that sound "too good to be true," even if the message was sent by a trusted acquaintance. Avoid clicking on suspicious links, and always look for information about offers on the official website of the mentioned brand.
Secure sites usually contain, instead of their URL, the code HTTPS instead of HTTP. The letter "S" symbolizes an important security layer when the user needs to enter personal data on the page. Even so, when surfing the web, it is always important to keep antivirus software installed on your device, and to be careful when using public Wi-Fi networks.
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