The malicious link targets Bolsa Família beneficiaries who still have the program card. The message, which promises a sum of money, draws attention to the Portuguese errors and the address in the preview, which ends with the domain ".gov.br", used by the government.
WhatsApp scam uses name of Bolsa Famlia to attract clicks Photo: Thssius Veloso / TechTudo
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The number of victims identified concerns only the number of users of the DFNDR Security security app who have been prevented from having their cell phones infected, which suggests that many other people may have been trapped.
By clicking on the link to the supposed Bolsa Família, the user is prompted to answer three questions. In return, there is a promise to receive the amount of R $ 954. The questions are: Do you have the Bolsa Família card ?, Do you receive it every month? and Do you know any friends or relatives you receive ?. At the end of the questionnaire, the victim is forwarded to a page that requests to share the false benefit with 10 friends or 10 groups on WhatsApp.
Finally, hackers direct the user to download applications that, according to PSafe, can infect the phone and expose personal data, such as passwords and financial information.
How to escape scams on WhatsApp
To avoid falling or spreading false promotions on WhatsApp, it is important to check the veracity of the messages received before making any kind of registration or forwarding them. Another tip from security expert Emilio Simoni is to use antivirus solutions that provide anti-phishing blocking function. Check out some antivirus options for your cell phone.
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