WhatsApp spyware issue even invited a rebuke from India’s IT ministry.
The popular messaging platform, WhatsApp is often targeted by scammers. In the latest development, scammers have posted misleading advertisements from WhatsApp offering 1000 GB of free internet data to users.
The scam was exposed by the cybersecurity research firm, ESET. The researchers have highlighted the dangers of the scam, which tricks users into clicking on a link. The fake URL leads to a fake WhatsApp website. The campaign is hosted by a domain that regularly spreads offers pretending to be from well-known brands. It is important to note that the URL is not an official WhatsApp domain.
Internet businesses usually run promotions through third -party sites. If you ever come across such a promotion, then you must check out the company’s website to make sure that the promotion is valid and genuine. This URL redirects to a webpage that asks you a series of questions in the survey form. The researcher said, “While you would be responding to the questionnaire, the site would invite you to pass along the offer to at least 30 more people in order to qualify for the big reward. Needless to say, this is merely a way to boost the campaign’s reach.”
This scheme is more of a click fraud, it is also followed by the monetisation scheme that relies on ad clicks for making money. This is not the first time that WhatsApp has been targeted to run a scam. In 2017, a similar scam promised to provide free internet access to users. The link redirected clickers to premium and costly SMS services and automatically installed third-party apps on user devices.