No. Amazon is not offering free gifts to all; that WhatsApp message is fake


Amazon fake whatsapp link

Shoppers beware! A fake WhatsApp message has been reportedly doing the rounds, promising to offer free gifts from Amazon on its 30th anniversary.

The message says “Amazon 30th anniversary celebrations – Free gifts for everyone from". When users click the message, it says: “Congratulations, you have been chosen to participate in our survey. It will take only a minute, and you will receive a fantastic prize: a Huawei Mate 40 Pro 5G Full Netcom 8GB + 256GB (bright black)".

It also promises to improve the quality of service for users through the survey. There’s a timer set to create an urgency to take the survey that has four questions -- on gender, age, quality of Amazon service, and the smartphone platform that the individual is using.

On submission of the details, users have to open boxes to get the free gift. Once they “win" the gift, there is a prompt to share the message to five WhatsApp groups or 20 friends. Also, the individual has to download an app and enter the address to receive the free gift.

According to experts, this can be a scam where cyber criminals could be looking for your personal details. They can use the data to either call and defraud you or for identity theft.

Check the address of the link. Typically, it’s not from the original Amazon website. In the message doing the rounds, the link mentioned is

Always avoid clicking on linked mentioned in forwarded messages. It could be a trap. Hackers can even use it to install malware on your phone or computer. If you receive the message from an unknown number, report it as a scam to WhatsApp and block it.


How to avoid such fake, scam messages

Look at the link in the message and see if the name of the brand is spelt correctly. For instance, in this Amazon message, the name in the url is spelt as “amazsocn,” which is incorrect.

Further, WhatsApp tends to label messages which are forwarded many times and if it has this label on top, you know this is one to avoid.

Another factor to note in these fake URLs is that they typically read http and not HTTPS in the beginning. The ‘S’ in the url is important, because it indicates secure. Phishing links, scam websites usually do not rely on secure protocol.

If the deals being offered are too good to be true, then it is likely fake. For instance, Amazon is unlikely to offer everyone free gifts as part of its anniversary celebrations, especially gifts such as expensive phones. More importantly, even if Amazon is offering free gifts, it will advertise this on the website, and not via WhatsApp. Remember, no brand will give away free phones via WhatsApp nor will Starbucks give free flasks.

Keep in mind that some of these links might try and trick you into share personal information such as credit or debit card details, your address, etc and you should avoid clicking on them.

Finally, if someone does forward a message about deals or offers, it is best to go to the official website and confirm. And if you find it is fake, do inform the person who shared the link about the same.

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