Alert on WhatsApp for this message that offers mobile data to watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup

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Criminals use FIFA to offer raffles for Apple devices on fraudulent websites

Alert on WhatsApp for this message that offers mobile data to watch the Qatar 2022 World Cup

Criminals seek to make people believe that they won data packages in addition to devices from Apple on fraudulent websites. (photo: 20Minutos)

In a context such as the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, cybercriminals are generating new forms of scams to try to circumvent the security of users' smartphones.

A message was identified in WhatsApp in which it is stated that FIFA, the organizer of the soccer World Cup, has given people all over the world a package of mobile data to see the matches.

Alert WhatsApp for this message that offers mobile data to watch the World Cup Qatar 2022

Cybercriminals use Qatar World Cup to infect users' devices with malware

How this hoax works

The cybercriminals' hoax starts after receiving a message via WhatsApp, in which it is indicated that “FIFA offers people around the world 50 GB of free data to watch the World Cup Poster 2022″ next to a suspicious looking link.

Once people click the link that was provided by the scammers, they will be redirected to a new web page where they will be asked to enter their phone number.

The user will then be prompted to enable notifications to display malvertising on the device; then, it could be Adware, a type of computer virus that is specifically used to display ads and generate profit for criminals at the cost of the invasion of devices.

Alert on WhatsApp for this message that offers mobile data to watch the Qatar World Cup 2022

Cybercriminals use Qatar World Cup to infect users' devices with malware

One way in which cybercriminals ensured the dissemination of this type of virtual hoax, is to ask the alleged beneficiaries of the data package from the World Cup organization to share the web address so that more people know about the false offer. .

For this, the cybercriminals took it upon themselves to add a message on the website they created: “to get your 50 GB of free data, first click the green WHATSAPP button and share this information with 12 friends or groups on WhatsApp.”

However, the virtual hoax does not end at that point, but continues, as the user is notified about the possibility of winning more prizes such as iPhone, iPad and other Apple products thanks to an opportunity to spin a virtual wheel that is actually designed to make the person believe that they have won one of those products.

None of this is real but has been orchestrated to extract even more information staff.

Alert on WhatsApp for this message that offers mobile data to watch the World Cup Qatar 2022

Cybercriminals use the World Cup in Qatar to defraud users through a fake website. (WeLiveSecurity)

Once any of the prizes displayed on the website have been “won”, users will be directed to a new page displaying different telephone operators from which you must choose the one with which you have contracted a service.

If the victim clicks on any option, you will receive a call from one of the criminals who will pretend to be a representative of that company and will continue to obtain personal information.

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