A scam that has been circulating on WhatsApp in recent days claims that Cacau Show is donating chocolate for Easter 2020. The message mentions 5,000 alleged free Easter eggs and contains a malicious link to redeem the prize. Another false text suggests that Nestl will also make its eggs available for free. Together, the scams have reached more than 560 thousand users in three days of circulation.
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The chains are fake and the malicious links are intended to steal users' personal and financial data or direct them to pages with excessive advertising, according to Emilio Simoni, director of dfndr lab, a laboratory specializing in digital security at PSafe. Nestl published a note on the official website stating that the promotion is fake and takes advantage of the brand to steal personal data. Cacau Show has already stated that the company does not donate to individuals and take the necessary legal measures (check the note in full at the end of the story).
Cacau Show giving Easter eggs? Coup reaches more than 560 thousand on WhatsApp Photo: Divulgao / PSafe
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According to Simoni, festive dates like Pscoa are often used by cybercriminals to make victims. "They use an easy mechanic that asks victims to answer some simple questions like 'what type of chocolate do you prefer' and 'have you bought it in our stores in the last 3 months', and finally ask for the sharing of the malicious link with at least 15 contacts WhatsApp to guarantee receipt of the prize ", explains the director of the dfndr lab.
Nestl Solidarity Easter the largest supermarket chains in Brazil canceled their orders for Easter eggs due to this great pandemic, so as not to lose the eggs that were already ready Nestl is donating all its stock this week. Pea yours here! (malicious link)
Obaa, the Cocoa Show will save our Easter!! They are giving and delivering more than 5000 Easter eggs Run and guarantee yours: (malicious link)
"We became aware that some people received a message via whatsapp with the title Pscoa Solidria stating that due to the Corona Virus pandemic, the largest supermarket chains canceled the sale of Easter Eggs and that Nestl would donate these products. In the message they ask you to click on a link that directs you to the Coupon Club and possibly the intention to take advantage of the moment to capture personal data.
For the respect that Nestl has for its consumers, we clarify that this is a false news. Any doubts can be clarified through the company's traditional service channels, available at www.nestle.br/fale-conosco"
Positioning of Cacau Show
"Cacau Show informs that the WhatsApp message that is circulating on behalf of the company, promising to donate 5,000 eggs to anyone who clicks the related link, fake news. The Cacau Show reiterates that it does not make this type of donation through WhatsApp for individuals.
We also inform that Cacau Show is already taking all legal and reasonable steps in relation to what happened. "
It is important to follow some safety recommendations so as not to fall into scams circulating on WhatsApp. First of all, check if the page of the alleged promotion really belongs to the brand. Avoid clicking on links shared on social networks and enter personal data only if you are sure that the site is secure. Finally, it is always valid to keep antivirus software installed on your cell phone, be it Android or iPhone (iOS).
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