ESET mentions that the goal of this hoax is to piece together the numbers and convince users to enable notifications and then deploy malvertising on the smartphone. The scammers even seek that the potential victim contacts a supposed representative of the company that gives the gigabytes through an unknown number.
Another alert regarding this supposed promotion is that in order to advance and receive the prize, an essential requirement is to share the message with 12 contacts or in a WhatsApp group, which increases the reach of the scam, in addition to giving it validity as it arrives from a known contact.
If a user receives this message, the recommendation is to delete it and never open links of this type, much less if they offer gifts or benefits that are too good to be true. “If the message reached your phone because it was sent by a known contact, let them know. In this way, you will learn to recognize these frauds and you will be able to alert others of your contacts”, says Camilo Gutiérrez Amaya, head of the ESET Latin America research laboratory.
The World Cup, a great opportunity for scammers
MacAffe mentions that this event is an opportunity for scammers in different ways. For example, since not everyone will have the opportunity to watch the World Cup from Qatar, the most viable option may be a website, but these can carry malicious risks for devices.