LATIN American Internet security firm ESET is warning users that a WhatsApp scam has reached Spain and other European countries.
Cybercriminals are using the internet messaging service to try to get hold of people’s contacts by offering them 1,000 GB of free data to celebrate WhatsApp’s anniversary.
It works by sending a link via the app making the offer. Click on the link and it will ask you to respond to a survey to qualify.
The final step is to share the link with at least 30 contacts via WhatsApp if you want to qualify for the free data.
This of course is what they after – the phone numbers of 30 people who they can then attempt more scams on. There is no free data.
It is thought the goal of the fraudsters is ‘click fraud’ where people are enticed into clicking on advertising links that ultimately bring revenues to the cybercriminals. For this to be profitable they need large numbers of people to contact.
Although there does not appear to be any intention to collect other personal details or spread viruses this could change in the future.
Remember, if an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is