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Beware of this fake WhatsApp message. It’s a scam!

November 24, 2016
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If you receive the below WhatsApp message, you might feel an irresistible itch to click on the link. But, don’t! Because it’s a scam.

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Cybercriminals are now tricking WhatsApp users by piggybacking on the Amazon Black Friday Sale. As shown above, the fake WhatsApp message urges the user to buy an iPhone 6s (Space Grey, 64GB) just for 2,999/- before the sale ends. When we tried accessing this site by clicking on the link, both Firefox and Chrome blocked it. And the below message popped out as a warning that the website can trick us into installing software (potentially malicious or harmful) or revealing our personal information like passwords, credit/debit card information, etc.

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So, what’s the message here?

1. Remember the saying “There’s no such thing as a free lunch”. It means everything has a price.

2. Ask yourself, why would anyone or any website give away a device as expensive as an iPhone 6s for 2999/-.

3. Never respond to such messages no matter how inviting they look or sound, especially if they urge you to click on links or download any attachments.

4. If you come across any such exciting or unbelievable offers, go to the official website (amazon.in/amazon.com in this case) and verify if the news is true.

5. Most importantly, do not forward such messages to your friends or peers. By doing so, you are only helping criminals succeed in their nefarious purpose of robbing people.

Share this post with your friends, if you think it is helpful. Stay safe!

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  1. VERY NICE

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  2. NAVAL KISHORE SHARMANovember 26, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    its nice and good to know about this cyber scam information and thanks for informing us about the same.

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  3. Rajeev kumar savarnNovember 26, 2016 at 9:19 AM

    NICE

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  4. Inderjeet lal KumarNovember 26, 2016 at 1:15 PM

    3 years pack bought out year back not working email registered with you

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    • Rajiv Singha Rajib SinghaDecember 1, 2016 at 4:58 PM

      Hi Inderjeet,

      Thank you for writing in. Our support engineers would gladly help you with this issue. Please call us on our toll-free no. 1800-121-7377 or visit http://bit.ly/QHChat to chat with us online. You can also raise a ticket at http://bit.ly/Askus and we will get back to you at the earliest.

      Regards,

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  5. Dear sir
    Sir your article is usefull. I always ignore this type of messages. Not only attractive offer but some messages like free internet or whatts app gold version for selected person also comes through social media. If whatts app providing like this version why they do not providing on playstore, we should consider over self. Public have also consider about some scam like this, otherwise cheater have easy way to cheat them.

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  6. d k sudhindraNovember 26, 2016 at 10:45 PM

    you pl do not send such fraudulent messages
    all these are adding to unwanted nonsense & creating confusion in the gullible mind. why u want to be part of it

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    • Rajiv Singha Rajib SinghaDecember 1, 2016 at 4:58 PM

      Hi D K,

      We would like to make a clarification here. This post warns our readers about a fake message that has been circulating on WhatsApp. In fact, the author who wrote this has received this message and upon further analysis found that the link in the message is suspicious and potentially harmful. Thus, as part of our responsibility to keep our readers and users aware and updated about online threats, we had published this blog post. Do let us know if you have any further queries.

      Regards,

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  7. Rishi DwivediNovember 26, 2016 at 11:35 PM

    Very thanks to you!

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  8. Krishna YadavNovember 27, 2016 at 12:10 AM

    GOOD

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  9. Its cool…

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  10. AJAY GAUTAM DEPT PLANT PATHOLOGY NAUNI-SOLAN 173230

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  11. This is very helpful…
    But I never get those type of message.

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  12. thanks quick heal team. this is an important information.

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  13. bhadoriapramod87@gmail.comNovember 27, 2016 at 5:26 PM

    mera antiwaris update nahi ho raha he jabki laicense dhari he

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  14. vishal mishraNovember 27, 2016 at 7:12 PM

    it security is the most option

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  15. Madhukar SethiNovember 27, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Wonderful efforts dear Rajib Singha…
    Your article definitely clearing all aspects of issues involved in following such links… I even too aware my friends to avoid follow such links.. as these are very risky and vulnerable for their privacy and extreme sensitive information will be accessible by such spammers.

    Great efforts dear..
    Thanks,
    Madhukar
    Yamuna Nagar
    Haryana

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  16. Patit Paban PalNovember 27, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Plz check my licence key and remove the junk or fake link which are disturbing with internet work. I am very hopeless this unwanted junk link with google chrome.

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    • Rajiv Singha Rajib SinghaDecember 1, 2016 at 4:46 PM

      Hi Patit,

      Thank you for writing in. Our support engineers would gladly help you with this issue. Please call us on our toll-free no. 1800-121-7377 or visit http://bit.ly/QHChat to chat with us online. You can also raise a ticket at http://bit.ly/Askus and we will get back to you at the earliest.

      Regards,

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  17. Thank You..! QH

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  18. Dinesh ThumbeNovember 28, 2016 at 5:55 PM

    Thank You Sir

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  19. ashish choudhuryNovember 28, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    How to differentiate a fake and a real one?

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  20. Tapan Kumar DasNovember 29, 2016 at 6:14 AM

    Nice

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  21. Very smart

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  22. RAKESH RANJANNovember 29, 2016 at 11:58 AM

    not resolve

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  23. He is warning to my phone is not secore

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  24. ykyuvas945@gmail.comNovember 30, 2016 at 1:17 AM

    thanks to inform Rajiv sir

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  25. prasant kumarbhyuanNovember 30, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    I DO NOT KNOW WHAT IS THE PROBLEM.

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  26. himashree sahNovember 30, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    yes i experienced something like this
    i was going to purchase it when i suddenly noticed that the URL had http://www.amazone.com instead of http://www.amazon.com
    it means that there was an extra ‘e’
    it was the that i realized that it was a fake site
    plus it told me to download 9 Apps and keep them for three days which truly seemed suspicious
    so i informed my friends of this fake site

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  27. Ansumay DattaDecember 1, 2016 at 11:11 AM

    Very useful caution.

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  28. Jitendra ShuklaDecember 4, 2016 at 5:02 PM

    Very nice care by quickheal. We say thanks to quickheal & staff who care us.

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  29. Wonderful

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  30. Very nice

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