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Viral WhatsApp message offering free Huawei Mate 40 Pro after completion of a survey is fake

The new fake message that is being forwarded rigorously on WhatsApp claims that Amazon is offering free gift cards to users on the occasion of its 30th anniversary.

twitter-logoAnkita Chakravarti | March 25, 2021 | Updated 10:22 IST

Highlights

  • The latest message claiming to offer smartphones in return for a survey form is doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
  • The message contains an Amazon logo along with a link.
  • There is no text in the message but just the preview of the link that says Amazon 30th anniversary celebration.

Scamming through WhatsApp forwards has become the favorite chore of the cybercriminal. They exactly how to make the message realistic and lure innocent users to click on the links provided. It often starts with a message that convinces people to click on the link and then forward it to their contracts. Some users ignore the messages but diligently follow the instructions provided in the message. The latest message claiming to offer smartphones in return for a survey form is doing the rounds on WhatsApp.

The new fake message that is being forwarded rigorously on WhatsApp claims that Amazon is offering free gift cards to users on the occasion of its 30th anniversary. The message contains an Amazon logo along with a link. There is no text in the message but just the preview of the link that says Amazon 30th anniversary celebration.

The message looks so realistic that most users will end up clicking on the link thinking the message is from Amazon. However, when you click on the link you will not be taken to the Amazon website, it will take you to an unsecured website with URL govspourt(dot)buzz. Now for people who are even slightly aware of how the Amazon website looks like, will be able to make out the website does not belong to Amazon. However, the fake website looks exactly Amazon website so a lot of users might not even notice the negligible difference.

The fake website displays a congratulatory message. It says that you have been chosen to participate in a survey conducted by Amazon which will only take a minute and you will get a brand new Huawei Mate 40 Pro worth Rs 68,900 absolutely free. The website also lists a couple of rules to be followed by people participating in the survey. It asks users to "tell 5 groups or 20 friends about Adidas promotion", "enter your address and download the app", the "the gifts will be delivered within 5-7 days". If you accept the conditions, you will end up sharing the malicious link with 20 other people and also end up revealing your personal information to scammers.

So the best way to save yourself from scams involving known brands is by cross-checking the facts on the official website. For instance, Amazon always displays the offers on its main website, it will never personally reach out to users to complete a survey to win a phone. Also, a company like Amazon would automatically download its app on your phone. You should always download the app from official websites.

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