WhatsApp is being used again by malicious people to deliver scams. This time, cybercriminals simulate a promotion of the accessory brand Chilli Beans, in which users would win a pair of glasses by answering a simple questionnaire and then sharing the link with all contacts and groups in the messenger. According to the security company PSafe, since Friday (19), more than 582 thousand cyber attacks have been detected around this scam.
In order to make the action more realistic, the bandits inform that, after sharing the link with a certain number of people, the user will be able to choose the accessory model and pick it up at any brand store in Brazil. However, upon completing the process, the fake website reports that the servers would be overloaded and indicates that the victim will be back in 10 minutes to try to print his coupon again.
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Message with fake link from Chilli Beans has been circulating on WhatsApp Photo: Reproduo / Eduardo Manhes
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According to the protection software maker Kaspersky Lab, as in other malicious campaigns that use WhatsApp, the criminals' goal is to obtain data from the victims. "In the case of this scam, when clicking on the link received, users believe they will receive a free Chilli Beans glasses and, to withdraw this award, they need to register their personal data on the fake website. The scam still uses social engineering, since it invites users to share the message with their contacts ", explains the company. Sought by dnetc, Chilli Beans has yet to comment on the coup.
Supposed coupon for the victim to redeem the glasses impossible to be accessed Photo: Reproduo / dnetc
It is worth remembering that this is just one of several scams that virtual thugs try to apply to unsuspecting victims through the social network. In April, criminals promised R $ 70 in cell phone recharge, if a link was shared and, thus, reached 26 thousand people in 24 hours. In August, a fake form promised R $ 100 in credits on the iFood food delivery app. In the last occurrence, in October, the October Rosa breast cancer campaign was used to try to steal data from users.
WhatsApp itself suggests that users pay attention when receiving content indicated with the tag "Shared" at the top of the message balloon. "If the message seems suspicious or if its content is too good to be true, in touch, share or forward it", guides the messenger security team.
In addition, the platform suggests paying attention to messages with requests to click on a web address, message forwarding or requesting personal information (such as credit card number, bank account, birthday, password, etc.). If you encounter a content like this, the user can report the account to WhatsApp without having to leave the app. This is important because the platform does not have access to the content of the chat because of the end-to-end encryption system.
In addition, the courier has invested in other security options. The first step was taken in July this year, with the announcement of investment in research to combat fake news. In the same sense, the application has also established a limit for sharing messages in Brazil since August. The most recent was last Friday (19), with the banning of thousands of accounts suspected of sharing false information through the instant messaging service.
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