You are there bussy enjoying a chat with friend and a message comes in with one of these “freebies”-
- Get 4G WhatsApp
- Activate WhatsApp video call
- Download Gold WhatsApp today
- Free iPhone etc….etc
You get excited and click on the link, follow the rules and fill in the form, expecting to get the reward. Days go by and you realize it was a scam and you just gave out private information that can be used against you.
Every day people keep falling for such scams.
Today, I’m going to expose these scams and teach you what to look out for when presented with a “freebie”:
1. The Amazon Lucky wheel Scam:
This scam has been making the rounds lately with its many variations.
When you click on the link it takes you to an Amazon site with a Big Billion Deal for just that day. You get to spin a big wheel and who knows, you might win an iPhone 7. What do you have to lose?
Firstly, the site is a clear Fake. Amazon’s official parent site is
amazon.com and any site under Amazon comes under the official site like amazon.com/deals or blog.amazon.com. From the link, the scammers use 125xc.com as the parent site and amazon.com.125xc.com is under their site. They put amazon.com in front to scam people into believing its real.
Secondly, the promo says it is for only that day but if you change your phone’s date and reloaded the page, the promo day also changes. Time based promos are fixed to a particular date irrespective of the date on your phone.
Also if you look at the Facebook comments below the wheel, it looks different from Facebook current template. You can’t click on the profiles or like the comment. Clearly it is a fake Facebook comment section.
What they want is to acquire you details and sell them while they gain money for every person that visits their fake site.
2. 6GB Internet Loot Scam:
I’m yet to see anyone who won this. This one makes me laugh because the company name is not stated. A company doing a promo will flash its name and logo in your face so you remember them.
No company promoting its site gives away free data. Instead they would give free samples or discounts of what they sell/offer. When you click on this links, they will ask for your details as usual.
When you give them, they promise to send the data after you share the link to a certain number of people. They never deliver. Most of the times your details will be sold to hackers or companies who will keep sending your rubbish bonanza mails.
3. Charge Your Battery Scam:
This one plays role on individuals ignorance on how communication works.
A message is static data and cannot alter itself or a phone for that matter.
And therefore sharing a message like this cannot do anything except expose a person’s ignorance to his friends and make people avoid you.
WHATSAPP MESSAGES ARE STATIC, THEY WILL NOT CHANGE OR UPDATE ANYTHING ON YOUR PHONE BY SHARING THEM. PERIOD!!
The person who created this message is just seeing how far a stupid idea can go. Don’t fall for it.
4. Jim Balsamic (CEO of WhatsApp) Scam:
This is very annoying when I come across it because
- Jim Balsamic is not the CEO of WhatsApp. WhatsApp was founded by Jan Koum and Brian Acton and the current CEO is Jan Koum.
- WhatsApp has been declared free-of-charge by Jan Koum and has remained so even after the Facebook acquisition.
5. Activate WhatsApp 4G/Video/Voice Call Scam:
This is just bogus….& so ridiculous.
The link is similar to the 6GB internet loot scam and they follow the same procedure of sharing to activate.
From the moment you click the link, the scamsters make money, so they encourage you to share to others so that they can make more money.
And while sharing they are gaining access to your user profile and personal information either to sell it or use it against you.
WhatsApp’s official site is whatsapp.com from which you can download the latest updates for your phone. Mobile Apps get their updates either through the developer’s official website or through their respective App stores.
6. Download Gold WhatsApp Scam:
This particular one is highly dangerous because you actually download a WhatsApp Gold that was not produced by WhatsApp. It is a spyware app built to look like WhatsApp. The dangerous part is that your messages, contact details and all actions taken on your mobile are passing directly into the hands of hackers.
WhatsApp bans accounts that have used this app for 24 hrs before they can use the real WhatsApp again.
Only download apps from official sites.
There are a lot of things flying on the internet as freebies that end up costing people more than they hoped.
There are also genuine freebies done by companies through their “official” sites and advertising channels. The key is to be able to distinguish between Truth and False by digging a bit deeper.