Free Internet Data Scams

  • CERT Admin
  • Thu Apr 23 2020
  • Alerts

Threat Level 

High 

Overview 

Scam messages claiming to offer free data are circulated as known trusted organizations.

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 users trust into clicking these links. These messages are part of a click fraud which is a monetisation 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 of devices.
  ✻  Loss of access to online accounts and personal information. 

Solution/ Workarounds 

  ✻  Check on the organisations website to make sure any promotion is real and valid before registering yourself for it. 

References 

    ✻ https://pesacheck.org/hoax-this-post-claiming-that-the-world-health-organization-is-offering-free-internet-is-fake-190dec85995e

    ✻ https://www.livemint.com/technology/tech-news/reliance-jio-warns-against-this-fake-sms-promising-free-data-11570181657345.html

Disclaimer 

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

Last updated: Thu Apr 23 2020