WhatsApp It is one of the most used social networks, since it is part of the mobile phone of people of all ages. That’s why it’s also the app the most used to commit scams. Over the years there have been many, including scammers who pretend to be other people to get money, especially by children of worried mothers asking for money to get a new mobile when theirs breaks.
This time, the Civil Guard and the Internet Security Office (OSI) issued a new warning to the public about a new danger found on the network. This is a message that has reached many phone numbers through WhatsApp, the link of which may cause problems.
In the message, the criminals impersonate Coca-Cola and attract the attention of users claiming they are giving gifts for their 130th birthday. However, the link they share does not lead you to these freebies, as they do not exist either. Instead, they direct you to a fraudulent website, which offers fake cards worth 500 euros at Shell gas stations. In this way, they manage to get their hands on the victims’ data and subscribe them to a service that costs 43.50 euros every 14 days.
??#ALERT?? Coca-Cola does not offer gifts for its 130th anniversary. Is it a scam whatsapp directing you to a web form where they offer €500 cards? Shell and actually subscribes to a service at €43.50 every 14 days #NoPiques??https://t.co/ODAjqZ7JnZpic.twitter.com/tvyMk8wSwk
– The police station ???? (@The police station) July 9, 2022
“If you look at the url, it’s not the official domain of Coca-Cola”
This message was broadcast to thousands of people, so it was detected by the OSI. Considering this, the Civil Guard and the Internet Security Bureau explained that this scam starts with the message sent by the criminals. “If you look at the url, it’s not the official domain of Coca-Cola”, they point out, referring to the fact that it is important to look at the link when it is clear that it is not the official page.
“On the scam website, we are told that by completing a survey we can win a mini fridge”, they warn, pointing out that it’s a lie. “Once done, the next step to get the mini fridge is to select a gift box from those presented. After choosing one of them, the message will always be the same: we have won the prize and for this we must send the message to 20 friends via WhatsApp and fill in a form with our personal data”, Add the organism.
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“Then it redirects us to a new page, where it says we can buy a card worth €500 for gas and fuel for €2 (although at first the promotion said you could get a mini fridge)” explains the OSI.
Then, to obtain the so-called card, you have to fill in the form with the personal and bank details. However, really you would subscribe to a payment service for an amount of 43.50 euros every 14 days. Once this last step is taken, when there is no possibility of going back, cybercriminals clearly communicate the fraud you have been the victim of.