A fake message circulating on WhatsApp quotes Adidas' birthday and promises 3,000 pairs of sneakers and 2,000 free shirts from the brand. The text cites the adidas-br website, where the user induced to answer a question about draft preferences and pass the rumor to contacts in the messenger. Dfndr lab, PSafe's digital security lab, has detected four scams that use the company's name and promise free products. So far, the attacks total more than 158,000 hits and shares.
In response to TechTudo, Adidas denied the existence of the promotion and confirmed the suspected fraud. "Adidas does not recognize publications made on its behalf and is taking reasonable legal action. In addition, it informs consumers that any and all Adidas promotion or content will be publicized through the official channels of the brand."
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According to Camilo Gutierrez, head of ESET's Research Lab, this is a phishing scam in which cybercriminals try to deceive people with false promises that are attractive to the recipient. Regarding the purpose of fraud, PSafe explains that the intention is to raise money after inducing the victim to sign up for a paid SMS service.
According to Google Trends, the site responsible for monitoring Internet searches, the term "adidas-br" has seen a sudden increase in demand since last Sunday (3). Other popular searches include "adidas birthday", "adidas free sneakers" and "adidas are handing out free shoes".
Adidas fake message promises 3,000 shut up and 2,000 free shirts Photo: Reproduction / TechTudo
The subject has also been quite commented on Twitter. Some users reported receiving the fake message several times throughout this Monday (4). Check out some rumor-related tweets at the end of the story.
The ESET expert also gave some tips on how not to fall for phishing scams. According to him, it is important to be suspicious of promotions that arrive by unofficial means, since offers are usually advertised on the company's website or social networks. Also, it is recommended to avoid clicking on suspicious links, even if they were sent by an acquaintance, and not sharing unverified information.
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