- 18 Oct 2020
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An SMS is getting viral stating that Jio and Facebook are providing free 25 GB data for six months to all those who are subscribers and users of Reliance Jio. The scamsters are using the recent trade deal between Jio and Facebook to fool the consumers.
Miscreants and Fraudsters are finding new ways to dupe people and con them. These people sadly want to use a pandemic for doing such fraudulent crimes. An SMS is getting viral stating that Jio and Facebook are providing free 25 GB data for six months to all those who are subscribers and users of Reliance Jio. The scam comes with an attractive message, “Good news!! Jio and Facebook has announced today to give 25GB data with free calls for 6 months. Register to activate the offer.” This is nothing but fraud.
However, we researched and found that Reliance Jio has not announced any such offer and it is a bogus scam to dupe consumers. A Malware researcher at ESET, Lukas Stefenko, debugged this scam as a trojan on 31st March 2019. It is more like a clickbait which has surfaced from time to time displaying several messages. The scam is a known one and it was significant back in 2013 as well.
Image source : A snap from Lukas Stefanko timeline
The text message is basically a link to the website which makes you download a website having similar interface like My Jio app. The app looks exactly like My Jio but in reality, is a conning platform to dupe you further. The app is a Trojan malware, which may snoop data on your phone compromise with your privacy as well as bank details. Beware before falling for such gimmicks!
It is pathetic to see people using a pandemic to justify their greed. The scamsters are using the recent trade deal between Jio and Facebook to fool the consumers. This comes under category of Phishing, that has significant part to play in major online frauds in the world. Phishing is also responsible for large percent of cyber-crimes in India. We advise people to not fall for such scams and be careful in the online world.