The promise of free diamonds on Free Fire Battlegrounds is being used in WhatsApp messages to induce users to subscribe to YouTube channels. These items are a popular and desired feature by the audience of the famous game, which is available for Android phones and iPhone (iOS). To get benefits in the game, the user must buy the diamonds with real money, therefore, criminals are using gratuity as bait in the messenger.
The scam was detected by dfndr.lab, the PSafe laboratory specializing in cybersecurity, which found, in the last 30 days, eight pages that spread the fraud. The attacks already add up to more than 300 thousand accesses and shares in Brazil.
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False promise of items in the game Free Fire intends to attract subscribers for YouTube channels – Photo: Reproduction / PSafe
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When the person clicks on the link that offers the alleged items for free, they are taken to a website that asks to share the misleading opportunity with at least five contacts on WhatsApp. Then, you need to subscribe to a list of YouTube channels. However, after doing all this, instead of earning their reward on Free Fire, the user is directed to other pages with scams, false advertising or disclosure of applications from unknown sources – that can still install malware and compromise the security of the data of the device.
WhatsApp scam promises free diamonds on Free Fire – Photo: Luciana Maline / dnetc
Scams propagated by WhatsApp have been common. Recently, for example, cybercriminals have spread a malicious website on the app where the user is supposed to be able to see if they are entitled to withdraw their salary PIS. There was also a fake page that passed for cosmetic brands to steal personal data. In another case of diversion of information, the promise was for job vacancies at the companies Cacau Show and Havan and at Samu.
To avoid scams like these on the Internet, keep an eye out for very advantageous promises and too low prices, as there is a good chance it will not be true. It is important to know how to protect yourself from phishing, that is, fake messages used to attract victims, whether by email, social networks or messaging apps. You can also check the legitimacy of a page using services like the dfndr lab website, which identifies malicious links.
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