Did you just win the lottery or a free iPhone 13? Beware of online fraud
If you’ve just received a text saying you’ve won the lottery or a free iPhone 13, don’t start celebrating. It could be an online fraud.
We all get a text message telling us we’ve won the Lottery or a free iPhone 13 and we just have to click a link to claim our awesome reward. These are the oldest tricks in the online scam universe. Yet somehow, they still manage to get victims to fall for the incredible promises of these messages. In fact, things have gotten so unsettling that the Press Information Bureau’s (PIB) Twitter handle has tweeted warning all users against clicking on such malicious links. If you have received any such message, do not click on the link. It could be an online fraud.
Yesterday, after an announcement went viral that the government was giving away free laptops to all students in India, PIB posted a tweet saying it was fake. It later made another tweet warning people against any such online scam. “Every link that you get online is unreliable! Be wary of such links to lure you into winning the lottery, providing free utilities and data by sharing personal information. yours. Do not forward these messages with malicious links. Be aware! Be wary,” the tweet said.
Don’t believe the announcement that you have won the lottery
It is probably the oldest trick in the online scam books. It emerged in the early 2000s via email and was later moved to text messaging. In its earlier form it was commonly known as the ‘Nigerian Prince’ scam as the message would always involve a Nigerian Prince wanting to give you a large sum of money but first you need you to send them a amount to unlock their bank account. And no matter how silly it sounds, people have loved this for years. Even today, if a message says you’ve won the lottery or a free iPhone 13, you’ll likely open the message to see what it says. And that’s the trap.
Always remember that life doesn’t offer freebies and if something looks like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Never click on a link if you received it from an unrecognized source. Stay safe online.