A new hit on WhatsApp promises official Nike shirts for free and prompts users to make calls to international numbers. In the action, released by Kaspersky Lab on Friday (31), criminals are spreading messages using the America's Cup as a hook. By clicking on the link, the victim is directed to a site on which to complete a search. Finally, I need to make a phone call to an international number, which results in damage to the credit balance or end-of-month bill and profit to the bad guys. The first time the antivirus company has identified such a scam.
Blow promises Nike shirt and induces victim to make an international call Photo: Filipe Garret / dnetc
Users receive a message on WhatsApp promising an official Nike Copa America shirt to anyone taking part in a survey. The text of the message states that action for a limited time is linked to the celebrations of Nike's 22 years as a sponsor of the Brazilian soccer team.
"Nike celebrates 22 years wearing the Brazilian National Team and is giving away free official t-shirts of the America's Cup for a limited time. I just won mine," says the message
However, by accessing the link that accompanies the message, the user is taken to a fraudulent page to answer a survey, which is a mandatory step in order to be entitled to an official shirt. At the end of the process, a message asks the user to call a supposedly toll-free toll-free number that changes with the telephone company to request the shirt.
WhatsApp scam promises Nike shirt for free Photo: Reproduction / dnetc
And the coup comes in: "When making the call, the user is charged for the value of an international call, which is often expensive, and the criminal will receive the value for owning the service, explains Kaspersky. Who sweat the line of Claro or TIM is actually making a call to Malawi in Central Africa Whoever chooses Vivo will call a phone in China and who owns Oi service will call Burundi.
As the calls are not free, the user ends up having damage to the invoice, or the consumption of their credits. According to Kaspersky, this is WhatsApp's first scam that uses international numbers to raise money.
Scam uses link to search and then induces user to make a call to receive alleged prize Photo: Disclosure / Kaspersky Lab
How to avoid falling into scams
Always be wary of offers, promotions, and perks that seem too good to be true, such as an official free shirt. In addition, the company's experts recommend:
- Keep an eye on the links you receive in messages, emails, and SMS: Note that the link does not appear to reveal a suspicious address.
- Verify the website address: Carefully note the website address. Criminals can create fake addresses that look a lot like real ones.
- Check for real promotion: You can visit the company's official website, or check their social networks, to find out if the promotion is true.
- Take care of your information: Do not enter personal data, such as passwords, credit card data, and emails on sites that look suspicious.
- Always try to keep your system and security applications up to date and activated.
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