If you are a regular Whatsapper and believe in every message that comes your way then you better stop right now or else, there are chances that you could get yourself into trouble!
Off lately, there been a lot of freebies messages circulating on Whatsapp where in the receiver has to click on the link mentioned in the message and fill up his details to avail his free gift.
Nowadays, a free pair of Adidas shoes is being offered on such messages.
The messaging platform is under the radar of cyber criminals, who are trying to extract personal details of its users with the lure of free Adidas shoes. A message which is circulating across the Facebook-owned messaging app's platform says that users can get a free pair of shoes from an international brand (Adidas) as the company is distributing many freebies on account of its anniversary. The message has been circulating in India, along with other parts of the globe.
This is nothing but a trap to lure the users to share their personal details on the platform. The message reads: "Adidas is giving away 3,000 Free Pair of Shoes to celebrate its 93rd anniversary. Get your free shoes at:..." There is a URL that's sent with the message which only at second glance most people would realise is not the real Adidas website's.
Experts have warned unsuspecting users about the scam and cautioned against sharing personal details. The malicious message has already duped thousands, according to reports.
Adidas has confirmed that the message is a hoax. "We are aware of the WhatsApp message that is currently circulating claiming that Adidas is giving away free footwear and would like to caution the public about believing this, as it is definitely a hoax", Lauren Haakman, Brand Communications and PR Manager of Adidas South Africa, was quoted in a UK tabloid.
A while ago, such a message was also being circulated for the cosmetic brand MAC. The receiver was asked to share it with a fixed number of people after which he/she is eligible for the gift from this particular cosmetic brand.