Free Internet Data Scams

  • CERT Admin
  • Tue Nov 03 2020
  • Alerts

Overview

It has come to Sri Lanka CERT's attention that free data scams have started happening again. Please be cautious of such scams and get yourself educated. These scammers will pretend to come from well-known companies and try to use COVID-19 related themes to attract uneducated users.


Description

There are messages that claim to offer free data and these offers will pretend to come from other well-known organizations or brands to gain the user's trust into clicking these links. These messages are part of a click fraud which is a monetization scheme that relies on racking up bogus ad clicks that bring revenues for the operators of these scams.

Websites behind these scams might change into phishing sites at any time which might result in losing access to your sensitive data and online accounts.


Impact

✻ Installation of third-party application and malware to your devices

✻ Loss of access to online accounts and personal information.


Solution/ Workarounds

Check on the organization's website to make sure any promotion is real and valid before registering yourself for it.


References

✻ https://www.who.int/about/communications/cyber-security

✻ https://www.fcc.gov/covid-scams


Disclaimer

The information provided herein is on "as is" basis, without warranty of any kind.


Last updated: Wed Nov 04 2020