WhatsApp users need to be aware of a message doing the rounds promising free kegs of beer for filling in a survey. The “keg counter” at the top of the message showing the number of kegs remaining is a classic time pressure tactic to help dupe us all into handing over personal information. Obviously, the message is a fake and to be deleted. Research by Norton has shown over 17 million cybercrimes like this occur every year in the UK.
IGNORE THE MESSAGE AND DEFINITELY DO NOT CLICK ON THE LINK
Tips and Advice
- Do not Click – on any link in an email, text or message that you are not 100% sure is genuine, always go independently to their website and log in to execute any action
- The real deal? – check online to see if such a competition actually exists, it won’t!
- If it is too good to be true – then it’s a scam
- Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam
- Keep safe – never give your Pin, passwords or banking codes to anyone requesting them
- Personal means private! – do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details.
- ID Protection – if you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – join Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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