A message about a Jio Prime offer is circulating among WhatsApp users. Do not fall for it because it’s a hoax.
Last evening, I received this message from one of my contacts.
Looks like a genuine message, doesn’t it? But, it is nothing but a hoax. How do we know?
1. The most important sign – Jio hasn’t announced any such offer on its official website https://www.jio.com
2. The link http://jiodatapack.blogspot.in is not an official domain page of Jio.
3. The message creates a sense of urgency – issues sort of warning that the Jio SIM will be deactivated if you do not upgrade it before 12:00 AM-midnight.
I received this message before 12:00 AM and my Jio SIM is working just fine.
By Analysis : Clicking on the Download Link, took me to the below page where it asked me to download a certain Jio Prime app.
After analyzing the app (and unsurprisingly) found that it is fake and does nothing as claimed by the superfluous message. Below are the findings.
#1. Once the app is installed, it shows a message to activate the PRIME OFFER. It accepts any random number (only checks for a 10 digit number) as shown in the figures below.
#2. The app then shows a message that it is connected to the server even if mobile data and Wi-Fi connectivity is off.
#3. Thereafter, the user is asked to share the app 10 times on WhatsApp groups and avail 50 points. A minimum of 100 points is required to activate the offer
#4. Strings of other messages were found in the app to circulate similar offers.
So, what do we learn?
• Never act on messages that urge you to click on a link – especially when they talk about offers (discounts, contests, promotions, etc.)
• Always verify the source and authenticity of such messages.
• If you receive such messages from a friend, advise them not to act (click on a link or reply) and not to share them with their contacts.
• If you have received such a message from an unknown number, consider blocking it.
• Install a mobile antivirus app that can block your access to harmful websites and installation of infected apps.
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