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They scam by WhatsApp offering the Qatar 2022 World Cup album and its free sheets

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“Access and win the album with more than 400 stamps” is the initial message to access a supposed promotion of the sticker album that is, in reality, a scam. (GEC)

With the beginning of the sale of the album of the World Cup Qatar 2022football lovers are as anxious as cybercriminals, but they are looking to deceive anyone interested in having the complete Panini album.

The cybersecurity company Kaspersky has reported a scam spread by WhatsApp that seeks to generate income by using the data of innocent people to register them on sports betting sites and dubious promotions with the excuse of winning an album and several figurines for free.

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“Access and win the album with more than 400 stamps” is the initial message to access the figurine album promotion that promises immediate delivery and a link for the person to access, supposedly, the website of the publisher that produces the albums.

This fake website instructs users to complete a poll about the album and the company that distributes it, in addition to displaying alerts about the small number of products available to pressure the user to complete the tasks that are requested. In the end, the person is forced by the system to share the link of the scam to your contacts in order to continue with the process.

Hacker touching a smartphone screen with binary code background
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Once the message has been spread and other people have been involved in the deception, the victim is redirected again to several websites that request a registration in promotions or sites of online betting with affiliate schemes.

The goal of cybercriminals

As explained by Fabio Assolini, director of the Research and Analysis Team for Latin America at Kaspersky, “These schemes are designed to trick the victim into signing up for different sites. In this case of the soccer figurines album, the campaign is false because its real objective is that the person registers in sweepstakes sites or betting sites suspects”.

The director also added that “the sites of bets They also have an affiliate scheme, making the creators of the campaign earn a commission for each registration made through the shared link

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ILLUSTRATION - Text messages sent with the intention of stealing data circulate widely. But it is enough to eliminate them without opening them to nullify the danger. Additionally, the sender's number can be blocked. Photo: Robert Gunther/dpa
ILLUSTRATION – Text messages sent with the intention of stealing data circulate widely. But it is enough to eliminate them without opening them to nullify the danger. Additionally, the sender’s number can be blocked. Photo: Robert Gunther/dpa

The expert also reiterates to football fans the importance of being cautious with their data. “It is important that fans are vigilant and cautious with their personal information and financial since as we get closer to the event, cybercriminals will set more traps using the phishing and the social engineering”.

How to avoid being a victim of scams

So that people do not fall for scams like this, the cybersecurity company recommends that users of social networks, especially WhatsAppfollow these recommendations:

– Links received through emails, SMS or WhatsApp messages or other messaging applications, should be cause for doubt by the recipients. In any case, it is good to ask the person who sent them what they are about and what kind of pages they redirect.

– In case you click on one of these links, you have to verify the website to which it leads Both the link and the email or the message that was sent must be reviewed to avoid cases of phishing.

– You have to check if the promotions are true by visiting the official website of the company or organization, their profiles on social networks or by contacting directly through a telephone service or email.

– If the veracity of the website is in doubt, do not enter any data or complete any type of form.

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