Scam: A wave of fake contests from the Decathlon sports store
Participants in these fake contests expose themselves to theft of their personal data.< /p>
Screenshot of the fake contest.
A series of “contests” posted on Facebook pages associated with the Decathlon sports store offer Internet users the chance to win a bike by entering the desired color in the comments. However, this is a scam organized by fake pages.
We are happy to announce that we will be donating 670 ATVs that cannot be sold due to minor scratches as they are still in mint condition. So we will randomly send it to someone who writes their favorite color. Example "Red"[sic], can we read in a Facebook post of a page sporting the colors of the Decathlon store.
It's only' x27;one of the posts reported to Decryptors over the past few days.
When people write a color in the comments, an automated message appears, asking them to share the post in at least nine Facebook groups to be able to participate.
They are then invited to x27;register by directing them to another website that includes the Decathlon logo. This is when they are asked for their personal information, including name, address, email and phone number.
Decathlon does not did not respond to Decryptors emailsent Thursday morning. However, the Facebook pages that run these “contests” are obviously fake. They were all created in the last few weeks and mostly only have a few subscribers. Some are run by people living in Indonesia.
In addition, any contest aimed at Quebecers whose prize exceeds $100 must publish the official rules, according to the Régie des alcools, of the races and games (RACJ) of Quebec. This has not been done on these Facebook pages.
A recurring and widespread phenomenon
The phenomenon of fake contests on Facebook is not new. In 2019, Codebreakers identified a network of 17 Facebook pages running such fake contests. These look exactly like those sporting the Decathlon colors identified this week.
At the time, web security expert Jean-Philippe Décarie-Mathieu explained to us that people who enter their personal data believing they are participating in these contests risk exposing themselves to data theft. x27;identity.
For phishing type fraud, they were just given a lot of information. The more data points a scammer has on a person, the more he can do something against them, he illustrated.
Still in 2019, a Quebec woman confided to Decryptorshaving lost more than $800 after participating in a fake contest to win an iPhone, created by a fake Instagram page of singer Marie-Mai.