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Summer rumours on free services (WhatsApp, and others)

24 July 2012

From time to time, a rumour appears which is spread via e-mail, instant messaging, etc, and we should be able to identify this type of "threats" because they are all very similar:

  • They generally refer to a free service
  • They are services that are usually used en masse
  • They have a huge diffusion capacity

And then an alarming message appears: A charge will be made for the service!

This has happened with services such as Hotmail, Messenger, WhatsApp and it will continue occurring, but how do you know if it is really true? The only way of ensuring that information is correct is by consulting the web page for the product and ignoring information that has not been verified.

The Internet User Security Office (OSI) always recommends checking the veracity of information with official sources and verifying the information on reliable sites.

This type of rumour is usually spread for some reasons:

  • Infect us with a virus, by visiting a link that is attached to the e-mail or message
  • Rob our bank details
  • Compile contacts
  • Send us spam
  • Saturate a service

The simplest and most effective rules for this type of messages or e-mails are:

  • Never open a link that is sent by e-mail or message (WhatsApp, Social Networks).
  • Never open a file that arrives unexpectedly.
  • Do not forward these e-mails.If you wish to send an e-mail to several addressees, use the BCC option.
  • Check the veracity of the news.

Ampliar información en la web de OSI.