Such phishing attacks do happen from time to time, but it is important for users to be alert and not believe whatever they read online.
It is quite surprising to have a phishing attack on WhatsApp. With the arrival of the festive season, such incidents increase further as scammers become increasingly active during this time. Nowadays one such phishing link is doing rounds on WhatsApp inbox, which lures users with gifts. If you click on this link then your personal and financial data can be hacked. The scam has reportedly affected a large number of users on WhatsApp.
According to a CNBC report, cyber attackers first send a message to WhatsApp users with a link with rediroff.ru in the URL. The message promises rewards and expensive gifts, but in return, the user is required to take part in a questionable survey. After filling out the answers to the questions asked in the survey, they were redirected to a different website.
Users were asked to fill in the required information including name, age, address, bank details and other personal data. After this scammers sell this data on the dark web. Obviously, these details can be misused quite a bit. Cybercriminals can also install unwanted applications on the user’s device. Attackers can also use these details to send spam emails to the contacts of the user whose details have been tampered with.
How to identify and avoid phishing
Such phishing attacks do happen from time to time, but it is important for users to be alert and not believe whatever they read online. Users should first verify the link. If the link contains Rediroff.ru in the URL, they should ignore the link and delete it.
No authorized company will send you a message claiming to have given a gift. Even if this happens, then the link and message content will be prepared quite formally. In a phishing message, you will always find that the message is grammatically incorrect or there is a link break. However, if you inadvertently click on a link, you should properly scan your device. If you also find any application that you do not like, uninstall the app immediately.
Hackers see a phishing scam as an opportunity to defraud users during the festive season as it is during this time that users will be most confident of receiving gifts.
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