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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Cybersecurity experts discovered an ongoing scam in WhatsApp

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WhatsApp is still one of the best apps for fraudsters to run a variety of malicious campaigns by enticing the victims to participate in gift card scams, fake vouchers, never-seen-offers, and hoax. Now the scammers are targeting the users with a new scheme claiming 1TB of free Internet traffic, according to a CNews report.

The cybersecurity experts at ESET have discovered this fraud, which lets the attackers send their victims to the phishing website.  According to CNews reports published on June 14, hackers are targeting victims by giving a fake chance to win 1TB free internet traffic.

The phishing website offers a fraudulent survey designed to be completed and referred by the victim up to 30 WhatsApp contacts that leads other users to get involved in the said scam. The purpose of this ongoing campaign is to spread advertisement on a large-scale without user-consent, suggests ESET.

To make this campaign more horrifying, victims are asked to enter personal details via a malicious link, which was discovered during an investigation conducted by Slovakia-based anti-virus company ESET.

English TechLekhak contacted ESET to learn more about this campaign, however, the experts at the said company did not immediately respond to a request for more details.

As seen in other phishing attacks, hackers pretend to be executives from a real company, organization or a well-known body. Adidas, Nescafé, Rolex, and other reputable companies are being circulated under this campaign.

Source (in RussianVia

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