It’s not new that through WhatsAppthe most popular mobile messaging app, more and more engage Cybercriminality. However, and despite numerous warnings from the authorities, it is a type of delinquency that persists despite the numerous campaigns carried out to make citizens aware of the dangers to which they are exposed. And it is that cybercriminals, as a rule, try to capture the attention of users by making them believe that the information sent to them is true when in fact this is not the case and their only objective is of steal your personal data.
That same week the The police station He warned on his social networks with the Office of Internet Security (OSI) the population of the danger of a message that has reached a large number of people on their mobile phones in recent days.
The fake 130th anniversary of Coca-Cola
In the message, the criminals pose as Coke make the victim believe that on the occasion of his 130th birthday, the company offers gifts to celebrate him. And in reality, what they are trying to do is to direct the user to a web page that offers counterfeit cards worth 500 euros at shell gas stations to obtain their private data and thus subscribe them to a service which costs 43.50 euros every 14 days.
But how does this scam work? As the OSI explains, “on the fraudulent site we are told that by answering a survey we can win a mini fridge”. Once the questions have been answered, the person concerned must choose a gift box from those presented and then send this message to 20 different people, in addition to filling out a form with their personal data.
Once the above is done, we will access a new page where they tell us that “you can buy a card worth 500 € for petrol and fuel for 2 euros”, underlines the OSI, although at the beginning we were told that we could get a mini fridge. Even so, this type of deception can be avoided since, as the platform states, “if we look at the url, we will see that it is not the official domain of Coca-Cola”.
The WhatsApp update that directly affects your profile picture and who can see it
Despite everything, and fortunately, not everything that happens in the messaging application is bad. And it is that WhatsApp is constantly updated and just a few weeks ago it allowed its millions of users to be able to choose among the privacy options, which can see their profile pictureas well as your last login time, status and description information.
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This action comes after several weeks of testing in the terminals of android and of iOS. Already in September of last year, many people were able to take advantage of this novelty, yes, if they had a device Apple. It was at the end of March that WhatsApp extended the option to all users, regardless of their mobile operating system.