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WhatsApp scam for PIS consultation affects over 200,000 people | Apps

A new scam in WhatsApp takes as bait an alleged query to the "salary PIS". Cybercriminals are using the messenger to spread a malicious website that promises to reveal to the user if they are entitled to the benefit of the loot. The advertised value of R $ 1,223.20. The scam was identified by PSafe, which has made over 200,000 detentions in just over 24 hours. The purpose of the attack is to attract people to a page with advertisements that generates revenue for the perpetrator.

The farce takes advantage of the repercussion of the payment of the seventh installment of the PIS-Pasep 2019 bonus, which began on January 17. The actual amount paid by Caixa Econômica Federal, however, is a maximum of R $ 998.

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WhatsApp scam promises to consult salary PIS Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudoWhatsApp scam promises to consult salary PIS Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo

WhatsApp scam promises to consult salary PIS Photo: Luciana Maline / TechTudo

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Falling into the malicious website, the victim is faced with a number of questions about her functional life and her welfare contribution. In the end, the fake system claims that the person has the right to withdraw, and asks them to share the message with their contacts to receive the value.

The purpose of this attack is to redirect a large number of users to a generic site, where there are several advertisements. A significant flow of visitors ends up clicking on advertisements, either intentionally or unintentionally generating revenue for the page owner. In addition, scammers improperly use the Caixa logo to deceive netizens, which is a crime.

New scam using Caixa Econmica spreads across WhatsApp Photo: Divulgao / PSafeNew scam using Caixa Econmica spreads across WhatsApp Photo: Divulgao / PSafe

New scam using Caixa Econmica spreads across WhatsApp Photo: Divulgao / PSafe

A very similar scam involving Caixa Econômica Federal was made in 2018, and was also discovered by PSafe. The security company says that similarities may be the same person or group of cybercriminals, although it is not possible to state with 100% certainty.

As a rule, in order not to get hit in WhatsApp I always need to be aware of the content of chats received by the application. Links that promise advantages are a big red flag, as well as messages that ask you to share it with your contacts or request personal data. It is also common for scam messages to arrive with grammatical errors.

Those who suspect suspicious practices in the app can use a native function to report the sender's profile. The feature is available in the version of the Android and iPhone (iOS) application. In addition, it is worth checking the content prepared by TechTudo which lists six behaviors that should be avoided in WhatsApp to preserve your security. Recommendations include the lack of 2-step verification, a backup method to secure the account, and the use of WhatsApp Web on any computer.

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