WhatsApp false Rewe vouchers – The consumer center North Rhine-Westphalia warns against false Rewe vouchers, which are currently running as a WhatsApp chain letter. Instead of the promised coupon, worm, unintentional subscription or the like.
WhatsApp spam messages
The popularity of the WhatsApp messenger always calls for fraudsters trying to exploit the credibility of careless users. The Consumer Center North Rhine-Westphalia warns against an already known fraud, which is currently occurring again.
Rewe vouchers are offered as part of a chain letter . Since these usually come from a contact, they suggest seriousness and arouse trust. As a rule, the sender has also entered the trick and received the message in advance from a friend. It is part of the trick to ask the alleged winners to forward the text in order to benefit from the alleged profit.
Wrinkle Rewe vouchers at WhatsApp
In the current case, a link is to be clicked, which supposedly leads to the action page. Consumers declare:
Striking here already: behind the “.de” stands a dash, although usually follows the country identification a slash. Even this is a sign that you can not get to the real side of Rewe. If you tap the link, you will be redirected to another page. It has the address: “glueckssms.com/rewe.de-einkaufs-gutschein”.
There is no imprint or data protection. The domain was also registered by a service company from Nassau (Bahamas). Its business model is to register web pages and Internet addresses, so that the contracting companies do not have to provide their data.
What happens after clicking such a link is typical of a lot of such offers, which are sent via SMS, WhatsApp or other messengers: one should answer various questions, it will be timed with the countdown of the supposedly available vouchers and the offer should be “Only today”.
If you have taken this hurdle, you should send the link to ten contacts in your own friend list. Without this step, the “Get Coupon” button is not activated. This, however, closes the circle and the chain letter is forwarded to contacts and friends, who also fall back into the trap and ensure a further spread.
Beware of chain letters
What happens if ten contacts are actually selected has not been tested by the consumer center. It is clear, however, that the promised voucher is never issued. Instead, users are redirected to the Play Store to install one or more apps. In other cases, different third-party subscriptions appeared, which were difficult to cancel. It is not unlikely to use personal data for future use for your own purposes.
The Consumer Center North Rhine-Westphalia recommends:
Anyone who receives such an SMS or message in a messenger should not click and delete the message directly. Reply or the service “unsubscribe” should also not: This would show the sender that the own number is really actively used. In order not to fall additionally into a cost trap, a third-party lock for smartphones is generally recommended.