There is no such thing as free internet without Wi-Fi
WhatsApp being one of the most popular messaging platforms used for sharing information, chatting and random news is also known for spreading rumors and scams. While there have been many instances where people fall victim to hoax information and scams, one more has just been reported that offers free internet without a Wi-Fi connection. No this is not a particular SIM card offer that allows you to send messages without a data connection, but is a complete scam, luring you to click on ads, download apps and even attack your smartphone with malware.
While there have been many instances where people fall victim to hoax information and scams and now one more has just been reported that offers free internet without a Wi-Fi connection.
Note that there is no particular SIM card offer that allows you to send messages without a data connection, but is a complete scam, luring you to click on ads, download apps and even attack your smartphone with malware.
The latest WhatsApp scam offers free internet without the need of using WiFi.
This time the attackers are offering free internet to WhatsApp users if they open the given link and invite their friends too. Though many people today are aware of such hoaxes but many naive people still open such links, especially if they receive invitations from their friends.
Once you click the link, the page will detect the device’s language and show the following image which asks you to share the content with at least 13 people. Thus, the scam keeps spreading.
Some fake comments stating that it actually works are just to lend it credibility and mislead people. Talking about what happens after you share the link, ESET states,
“Having overcome the barrier of sharing, unwary users looking for free internet end up on sites where different actions may occur, ranging from subscription to premium and costly SMS services, to installation of third party apps, always with the goal of granting an economic return to the scammer. Unfortunately, victims will only see offers, but no trace of free internet.”
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WhatsApp keeps facing such hoaxes and scams. Hackers tried to hack into the banking details of users recently by sending corrupt files. Earlier in November 2016, video calling scam hit Pakistan where users were asked to open certain links in order to get the feature.
Users should be careful about opening such links as this may put their personal security at risk.
Please note that there is no such thing as the free internet, especially without Wi-Fi. You will either pay for the internet from your mobile data package or even worse, you could be downloading backdoor viruses that could be leaking out all your sensitive information from your phone, and draining your data balance.
Do not share any such messages around. Check if the message is legit before spreading the news around.