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WhatsApp: beware of the Coca-Cola mini fridge scam

WhatsApp: beware of the Coca-Cola mini fridge scam

WhatsApp scams are always around the corner. This time around, the cybercriminals had a particular imagination as they found a very original way of deceiving people. These took advantage of the opportunity of the 130th anniversary of Coca-Cola to stage a mock house contest. Here’s how the trap works and how to defend yourself.

It is not the first time they have been around WhatsApp scams that exploit the names of large companies. We must say, however, that as time passes they become more and more imaginative. This time, the fake contest is from Coca-Cola and among the prizes that can be won is a mini fridge signed by the house. Too good to be true!

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WhatsApp: the Coca-Cola mini fridge scam

The scam turns out to be very similar to some already seen in the past. Cybercriminals contact users via WhatsApp with a rather tempting message that encourages them to participate in a Coca-Cola contest. As usual, a link is attached to the message to access an external site. The site, disguised to all intents and purposes to look like the original Coca-Cola site, asks the user a series of questions and, finally, communicates the victory of the mini fridge. There is a however, to redeem the “prize” you must enter your personal data and those of the credit card. This is where the scam is triggered. By entering your details you will not receive any cool mini Coca-Colaindeed, both personal data and credit card data will be used for illegal purposes.

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It is very important to recognize the trap and avoid falling into it in order not to run into unpleasant inconveniences. Most often, these messages are spread by people who have not realized the fraudulent nature of the contest. Even if you have received the message, therefore, from someone you know, do not trust them and also warn them of the trap. As usual, the definite advice is unique: never open suspicious links in messages promising free prizes etc. Look forward to any updates in this regard.