Recently, you might have come across a message on WhatsApp that said “Free gift with Tata Motors Cars.” Well, that message was a scam by some Chinese hackers. This research was done by Cyber-security researchers at CyberPeace Foundation. The message was distributed via WhatsApp. It said that you have a chance to win a free gift or a free Tata Safari. However, the message was spread so that the hackers could collect browser and system information as well as the cookie data from the users.
“The campaign is pretended to be an offer from Tata Motors but hosted on the third-party domain instead of the official website of Tata Motors which makes it more suspicious. The prizes are kept really attractive to lure the laymen. Also, at the bottom of this page, a section comes up which seems to be a Facebook comment section where many users have commented about how the offer is beneficial,” said the team at CyberPeace Foundation.
There were even some Facebook comments in the lower half of the web page which tried to make the website look real. The page also showed a Blue Tata Safari’s image. There are some questions on the webpage. The user is given three trials and once he completes them a message appears that says “Congratulations! You did it! You won the TATA SAFARI!” Clicking on the ‘OK’ button, it then instructs users to share the campaign on WhatsApp. Then the user is taken to multiple advertisement websites.
“The campaign is pretended to be an offer from Tata Motors but hosted on the third-party domain instead of the official website of Tata Motors which makes it more suspicious. But during the phases of investigation, we have identified a domain name that was requested in the background and has been traced as belonging to China,” the Foundation said. The hackers must have chosen the Safari because it is a very well known product in India and it came back this year only.
Internet is a very dangerous place and people can take advantage of you by collecting your data. This is what these types of scams do. They want you to fill a form in which you would require to share your personal information. Then that information could be used against the user. These types of websites also save your browsing data so they can get to know what you are researching etc. You should never visit a website that you do not trust.
Speaking of the Safari, the new Safari is based on the OMEGARC platform which is the same as the Harrier. The Safari is 63 mm longer and 80 mm taller than the Harrier. It is offered only in one diesel engine option which is a 2.0-litre Kyrotec engine. It produces 170 PS of max power and a peak torque output of 350 Nm. It is offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The Safari goes against the MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar. Tata has priced the Safari at Rs. 14.99 lakhs ex-showroom.