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WhatsApp scam offers ‘1,000GB free Internet’

It’s one of the most popular apps on both Android and iOS, so it’s no surprise that WhatsApp is often targeted by crafty scammers.

The latest scam offers users 1,000GB free Internet – but sadly that’s an offer that’s simply too good to be true.

Researchers from ESET have highlighted the dangers of the scam, which tries to trick users into clicking on a link to a fake WhatsApp website.

In a blog about the scam, researcher Luis Lubeck explained: “What strikes us right off the bat here is that the URL that comes with the message is not an official WhatsApp domain.

The scam offers you 1,000 GB free Internet (Image: ESET)

“Even though businesses may sometimes run promotions through third parties, the rule of thumb here is to check on the company’s website to make sure any promotion is real and valid.

“Nevertheless, if you were to click on the link, you would be taken to a page that invites you to answer a series of questions in the form of a survey – ranging from how you found the offer to your opinion on the app.”

If you do complete the survey, you’ll then be urged to pass the offer along to at least 30 more people in order to quality for the big ‘reward.’

The scam message (Image: ESET)

Mr Lubeck wrote: “Needless to say, this is merely a way to boost the campaign’s reach.”

Thankfully, the scam isn’t linked to any malicious software, so is unlikely to be dangerous to users.

Instead, the scammer’s goal is click fraud – a monetisation scheme that relies on racking up fake ad clicks that bring revenues.

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/whatsapp-scam-offers-1000gb-free-18803606

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