“Heineken Oktoberfest 2022”, a contest for the new phishing scam

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They target the colossus of Heineken beer the new links that are circulating promising participation in a prize competition with the mini-fridge up for grabs brand name of the well-known drink. Be careful, because it is only the latest example of fraud through phishing of a well-known brand.

“Win a mini fridge full of Heineken”, however, is a scam

It looks like a page managed by the well-known Dutch multinational, same colors and same logo and offers a simple four-question quiz to participate in a “prize competition”. Except that the link is hosted by the classic short url manager that we have come to know in recent months (tinyurl[x].ru) and it has nothing to do with the brewing company.

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The mechanism is more or less always similar to the cases already analyzed under the Conad, Nespresso and others brands. The victim receives the link in chat (Whatsapp or Telegram), presumably from a friend because they are campaigns that exploit the chain effect of S. Antonio, opening it directly from the mobile will instantly find familiar images of the Heineken brand with an inviting message:

“Welcome to the beer competition Heineken Oktoberfest 2022! Take the quiz, find the hidden prize and win a mini fridge full of Heineken ”.

Obviously it’s all fake. Heineken has not held any competition and not in this way, and if you try to do the quiz many times you will notice that you will always win. The page is designed to make the victim make two attempts, the first always loses and the second wins. With the winning of the second attempt you are directed to a page sharing the link to other 20 people (which guarantees the massive dissemination of the fraudulent campaign), and then to the compilation of a personal data form in which to enter personal and payment data because there would be 2 euros (1.99 to be exact) to be paid for sending the prize.

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In this way the organization behind this campaign will have all our data in hand, including those of the credit card, with which to carry out other scams in the future and harm us economically.

The advice also in this case is always to not follow up on unexpected links like this, especially if not directly attributable to the company, as in this case. In general, always be wary of Web pages with the format like the one you see in the images that promise sweepstakes or easy wins. This is almost certainly a phishing attempt to steal credentials, personal data or money.

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The article is in Italian

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