Scams, misleading advertisements and other entertainment abound on social networks and especially on Facebook. Especially in recent months, fake accounts claiming to be Elon Musk have spread scams with the sole purpose of stealing bitcoin from Internet users.
In other cases, scammers impersonating reputable companies. At the end of last year, a scammer claimed that Decathlon was offering a gift card of up to 1000 Euros. Crude as it is effective, this scheme aims to redirect Internet users to a phishing website that aims to collect their personal data.
This Nintendo Switch OLED ad is trying to steal your data
Likewise we discovered another false advertisement By checking Facebook. This fake advertisement aims to make Internet users believe that the famous French retailer Carrefour exceptionally sells Nintendo Switch OLEDs for a modest price of 1.99 Euros.
To lure its victims, the ad is accompanied by a retouched photo showing stock of portable consoles in a store. With editing software like Photoshop, scammers exceeded the actual price of the console, ie 399 Euros. To show that this is a genuine promotion going on in stores, they added a rather crudely red “1.99” note.
Advertising to encourage internet users to click, stock offered is limited. The ad claims that only 23 Nintendo Switch OLEDs are left out of the stock of 100 devices initially available.
Internet users who clicked on this ad a fake website It occupies the interface of Carrefour extensively. Internet users are invited to complete a questionnaire without further delay. Again, hackers pressure users to lure them into the trap.
“It will only take a minute and you can claim a Nintendo Switch reward. There will be only 100 lucky winners”indicates the website. Not surprisingly, this form designed to obtain personal information in your account, such as your phone number or email address. This data is then resold to marketing companies or exploited by criminals.
Warned by the resurgence of scams on Facebook, Meta has promised to punish scammers. Facebook’s parent company filed a federal lawsuit in California court last December to stop phishing scams.