€ 1,000 Decathlon competition scam targets Facebook users in France – .

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€ 1,000 Decathlon competition scam targets Facebook users in France – .


A scam using the image of the French sports brand Decathlon is circulating on Facebook Messenger, the French consumer group UFC-Que Choisir warned yesterday (September 24).
Scammers, pretending to be the sports brand, have set up a fake contest offering Facebook users to win a gift card worth € 1,000, under the pretext of celebrating half a century of Decathlon (the brand is actually only 45 years old!).

To “win” the prize, people must indicate their identity, address and bank details. They must also share the fake contest with 20 of their friends or five groups of friends.

UFC-Que Choisir has warned that it was a phishing scam.

Decathlon has seen an increase in this type of scam since the start of the pandemic.

“These are attempted scams totally outside Decathlon, which we cannot anticipate. As soon as we detect [a scam], we are acting as quickly as possible to make it inaccessible, ”the brand told UFC-Que Choisir.

The brand had already alerted its followers on social networks in early August of another scam that asked Internet users to respond to a survey to win a contest, then required personal information and bank details.

In another recent phishing attack, crooks posing as French police attempted to trick people into sending them their Covid health cards to steal the personal information listed there.

Phishing is very common on the internet, in email, text or social media and involves scammers posing as reputable companies or organizations to trick people into disclosing their personal information, passwords, or social media. their bank details.

Common ways to identify such scams are if the offer sounds too good to be true, if there are spelling mistakes in the messages, or if they come from questionable email addresses or websites.

It is highly unlikely that a legitimate business will ever ask for someone’s bank details or private passwords via email, text, or social media messaging services.

If you receive an email or social media message that you suspect may be a phishing attack, avoid clicking any links and flag the message as spam.

If you have been the victim of an online scam, you can report it via the French government platforms Cybermalveillance.gouv.fr or Pharos.

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