Have you fallen for the scam of giving 100GB data for 60 days to telecom users?

Kathmandu. Fraudsters have started deceiving Nepal Telecom customers by saying that they will get 100 GB of free data for 60 days. It has been found that these gangs are active in fraud targeting the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Telecom.

The post has been advertised from a page named 'Free Prizes' with a scam link stating that the offer will include Rs 5,000 credit and other data.

“Nepal Telecom Company has given free prize of 100GB free internet to all people,” PostIt is written, “And, 5000 Nepali rupees free credit valid for 60 days. Get your reward now through this link.”

By writing this, a link has been placed. There are about 2,000 comments on the post. Most of the fake accounts commented that 'I got a gift'. It has been shared by hundreds of accounts, in which some have expressed doubts and some have understood that the post is correct.

When opening the link sent by the scammer, there is a flag of Nepal and a status at the bottom. On that page, it is assured that the reward will be given after following some process. In the post itself, it is said that the user will be redirected to another website. After that, it is said that the user should select the network and put the number and keep the OTP code that comes in it.

Below that is a 'Claim Your Free Rewards' button. Tapping on that button will redirect the site and open a test page. In that post, the user is asked to select various options.

Then a site named 'Megastrom Pro' opens. Logos of Nepal Telecom, Ncell and Smartcell are placed on the site. If you select one of the options, it says 'Click the link to get the gift'. In some cases it is said to have received a gift from the bank, in some cases it is said to download an extension. It seems to redirect to a different link every time.

Such links are called 'rotating redirect links' or 'rotator links'. These links are usually used for affiliate programs or online marketing. Some people use these links for marketing, while others use them to lead users to phishing links.

When that happens, there is a high possibility of buying unnecessary subscription packages and reaching irrelevant links. In this link as well, it seems that the scammer is using such a link for affiliate marketing.

Last updated: Jan 23, 2080 16:16


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Rabins Sharma Lamichhane

Rabins Sharma Lamichhane is senior ICT professional who talks about #it, #cloud, #servers, #software, and #innovation. Rabins is also the first initiator of Digital Nepal. Facebook: rabinsxp Instagram: rabinsxp

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