A fake message offering people the chance to win a cooler of Heineken beers in time for Father’s Day is circulating on WhatsApp.
According to the scam alert website onlinethreatalerts.com, the fraud is making rounds on the messaging app “like wildfire,” with many people now warning their fellow users to be vigilant about it.
What is Heineken Beer Father’s Day scam?
The Heineken Beer Father’s Day scam is a message-based scam that seemingly comes from a user’s friend or contact but is actually from someone the user doesn’t know at all.
The message comes with a tinyurl link, a photo of an 18-bottle Heineken “coolerpack,” and a headline that reads “Heineken Beer Father’s Day Contest 2022.”
Just below the photo and the headline is the phrase “5,000 coolers full of Heineken for you Dad,” which is then followed by a link that appears to be the beer maker’s official website “heineken.com.”
The Heineken Beer Father’s Day scam tricks potential victims into visiting phishing, spam, and malicious websites, which may steal their personal information and bank details. The fake message may also trick WhatsApp users into signing up for unwanted services.
If you receive the message, it is advised that you do not click on any of the links included in it. You should also report the text to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040 or using their online reporting form.
Has Heineken commented on the Father’s Day scam?
Heineken has yet to comment on the Father’s Day scam. But the beer brand previously released a statement warning people not to fall victim to phishing scams after a fake Heineken contest circulated online in 2020.
Similar to this year’s Father’s Day scam, the 2020 Heineken scam competition promised people the chance to win “free kegs of Heineken beer.”
Has WhatsApp issued a statement on the Heineken Beer scam?
Heineken has not yet released a statement about the Heineken Beer Father’s Day scam. But following the increase of scams on the app, the beer brand launched its Stop. Think. Call. campaign in November 2021, which aims to help educate people on how to protect themselves and their WhatsApp accounts from message-based scams.
Sources: OnlineThreatAlerts.com, National World, Messenger Newspapers