When it’s too good to be true…it’s too good to be true. Proof once again with this scam circulating on Facebook: crooks pretending to be Decathlon promise a free mountain bike. Do not get fooled !
We could be taken in: a Facebook page called Decathlon FANS offers to win 670 mountain bikes “ which cannot be sold due to small scratches “. A boon ! Interested people just have to leave a comment specifying their favorite color. This is of course a scam and a fairly basic phishing attempt.
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A glance at the photo will not fool anyone: it is clearly a shot taken in a store in the United States or the United Kingdom in view of the advertising signs. After leaving a comment, people are offered to fill out a contact form in order to receive the so-called gift, not forgetting to ask for a contribution to the costs.
This valuable personal information then allows hackers to impersonate the victim or steal money from them… There is a variant, the scammer offers to subscribe to the Facebook page which will then turn into a hub for phishing. Administrators can also ask victims to share the “good deal” with their contacts, which helps the scam go viral.
Decathlon’s image has already been used to organize these phishing attempts. Each time, the brand warns Facebook to remove these pages. For the ATV scam, the company confirms the scam: Our legal teams are currently in contact with Facebook to put an end to these acts. “, explains the distributor to About you.
Other scams of the same kind have appeared in recent years, offering each other more attractive gifts, or unrealistic promotions. Common sense must prevail in all cases!