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But unfortunately, the popularity of this messaging app has attracted numerous scammers, who are targeting WhatsApp users everywhere.
From prize schemes to some recharge offers and investment scams to fake updates, we have seen it all in WhatsApp.
However, a new hoax message has been circulating around in WhatsApp, which lure users to open a link and try the "Lucky Wheel" in order to claim a prize.
Interestingly, the Bit.ly URL bit(dot)ly/globalwheel has already got a total of 432,205 clicks. Guess a lot of people have already been scammed.
As such, on clicking the url, your browser will open up a website. The shortened link leads to : xfgnh(dot)trackvoluum(dot)com/58ba40d7-5485-44c1-8150-020da320e90a and it ultimately redirects to: luckywheel(dot)mobpromo(dot)net/iphone/lp4/index.html/[long string removed]
It kind of looks like a Facebook styled page displaying a clickable spinning wheel competition. It has been designed to entice visitors into playing along.
Now that you have decided to try out the game, when you click the spin option, a pop up screen appears. It tells you to click ok to start the game.
After clicking ok, you'll "win" an extra spin every single time you play.
Finally, after many trials another dialogue box appears. It will display "Congratulations! Your possible prize: the new Samsung S6! Please follow the instructions to win your prize!" Then it will give an option to click ok.
Once you are down with that, another dialogue box appears stating "Your Samsung S6 has been reserved" Follow the instructions in order to continue. Now it gives an option to share about the "Lucky Wheel" with 10 friends on Whatsapp.
Basically, you now need to send out spam to your friends. They also add pressure by saying that the offer is valid for 300 seconds only. Once 10 people have been spammed, following message is displayed: Your Samsung has been reserved. Verify your phone number on the next page to claim your prize!
However, at the end if you had expected to win a prize, you will not be able to see the samsung anymore. You will just be redirected to various websites.
While there are more scams present, it is better to stay away from such hoax messages and not to forward these messages to your friends or on groups. Such malicious links can put our smartphone's data at risk.