Due to the fans around the world for the Qatar 2022 World Cup, there are millions of people looking for the best option to watch the matches of their favorite teams. Of course, it is much better if we have the opportunity to watch the matches without spending a single penny. Unfortunately, hackers are not missing the football fever.
Cyber thieves take advantage of the World Cup era to deceive people and steal their personal data. To do this, they offer a service that supposedly allows you to watch all World Cup matches for free. While for many the message is blatant theft, there are those who fall into the hands of criminals.
ESET, a proactive cyber threat detection company, has been tasked with detecting fraud spreading on WhatsApp and alerting users. In the message, cybercriminals are offering free gigabytes to watch the World Cup. The message specifically states: “Free 50GB data plan for all networks. FIFA is offering 50GB of free data to people around the world to watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup.”
Of course, it is not appropriate for FIFA to give the signal, knowing that many radio and television channels pay a fortune for it. The message aims to collect phone numbers and then steal your personal data. Such ads can damage devices such as mobile phones and computers as well as stealing personal data.
The message also contains a so-called link where the user can take advantage of 50 GB for free. When the link to the website is opened, it asks them for their mobile phone number and once filled it falls into the hands of thieves. But that’s not all. As always, the page asks users to send the message to 12 WhatsApp contacts or groups to continue. This is how cybercriminals ensure that the message continues to circulate.
Next, the page promises the possibility of winning other types of prizes, such as iPhones, iPads, among others. To enter the “Contest” users are directed to a page where they start to participate for prizes. Just then, after spinning a wheel, page informs the user that he has 256GB iPhone 12 Pro winner. Next, the website asks the scammed person to choose their mobile company’s logo.
When the user selects the telecommunications company, a pop-up window is displayed on the website with a phone number to call to claim the prize. There is a time limit when the message will expire to add more “credibility” to the situation. If the person comes to the point of calling the so-called representative of the mobile company, they will continue to steal their personal data with a series of questions.
The advice is not to go to such messages, it is best to delete them after they reach your phone. Likewise, it would be of great help for users to disseminate such information to their friends, family and relatives so that they do not fall victim to online scams. It should be noted that WhatsApp scam They continue to increase with such information that they enable the user to become a winner of a discount, product or service.
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