On March 8th, we celebrate Women’s Day in honor of women’s rights worldwide. Meanwhile, scammers are celebrating themselves as well: by stealing your money and sensitive information.
Be cautious! Scammers send messages to people on WhatsApp, pretending to be from famous companies, including Adidas, Pepsi, and Lufthansa. They falsely claim that you can win a reward for Women’s Day by participating in an online survey or lucky draw campaign. Please look at how Women’s Day WhatsApp scams work and check the tips to avoid them.
What a Women’s Day WhatsApp scam page looks like:
Once you click on the red button, it will take you to a page and ask you to choose from the shoe boxes.
Congratulations! If you click on the OK button, you will be asked to share this page with your WhatsApp contacts.
Once you finish, the page asks you to “complete registration” for your reward. By clicking on the green button, you will go to a page that looks like a video.
You’ll be asked to press “Allow.” If you do so and click on the play button, you will be directed to a phishing page and need to enter your personal information, including name, birthdate, home addresses, and even credit card numbers.
The sensitive information you punch in will end up in scammers’ hands, and they can use it for other scams such as identity theft!
Other than Adidas, scammers pose as other famous companies in Women’s Day WhastApp scams as well:
How to avoid Women’s Day WhatsApp scams?
- Reach out to the official website or customer support directly for help.
- NEVER click links or attachments from unknown sources.
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