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WhatsApp scams use Children's Day to reach 85,000 people | Security

On the eve of Children's Day 2019, celebrated this Saturday (12) in Brazil, security company Kaspersky has identified two malicious campaigns running on WhatsApp using the date as bait to steal user data. The fake promotions use the name and images of Mnica's Gang and RiHappy's toy store to fool the victims. In less than 24 hours, more than 85,000 people accessed criminal links.

According to Kaspersky, the scams are different. In one of them, an image promises to present the user with a "Five Story Combo" from the Mnica Class. The art created by criminals stamped by the famous comic book characters of Maurcio de Sousa. To supposedly receive the fake prize, the user must enter his email, phone number and full name that personal data collected by the bad guys may be sold for spam campaigns.

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WhatsApp scam uses Mnica Gang tag to try to steal user data Photo: Playback / KasperskyWhatsApp scam uses Mnica Gang tag to try to steal user data Photo: Playback / Kaspersky

WhatsApp scam uses Mnica Gang tag to try to steal user data Photo: Playback / Kaspersky

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This is the second time this month that the Gang of Classics is used by criminals to steal data from users. In early October, a similar campaign attempted to steal credit card data from victims using the same ruse. This Thursday (10), the official profile of the brand on Twitter issued a statement warning about the false promotion.

The other scam uses the RiHappy brand, saying the store would have reserved 100,000 toys to distribute as a gift to users who access the malicious link in the children's hands. If the last one clicks on the URL, you will have to fill out a form with three questions and be encouraged to share the message with ten contacts or five groups. The goal is to get people to visit websites with advertisements that will guarantee income for criminals.

Scam uses fake RiHappy Children's Day promotion to fool victims Photo: Playback / KasperskyScam uses fake RiHappy Children's Day promotion to fool victims Photo: Playback / Kaspersky

Scam uses fake RiHappy Children's Day promotion to fool victims Photo: Playback / Kaspersky

To protect yourself from scams, check the company's official media, such as verified account websites, phone channels, and social networks, to check that promos are true before clicking on links received on WhatsApp. It is also recommended to distrust very advantageous and unrealistic offers.

Also, it is recommended to use security and antivirus programs on smartphones, especially if the devices are used by children see the best options for Android in 2019.

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