- Ads are created on Google, Facebook, popular search engines and social media platforms advertising free internet hours.
- The ads look professional and show up on general searches and on social media when surfing. This offers a sense of validity.
- Once you click on the ad, you will be taken to their website, where you will be asked to perform an action, such as
- Filling out a form with your Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
- Sharing your credit card information, and though you will be promised that your card won’t be charged, you may end up signing up for something or subscribing to a service for which your card will be charged later.
- Sharing a few email IDs or phone numbers--basically contacts with whom you will be asked to share the message in return for free internet service.
How to stay safe?
As always, remember no one offers something for free. Whether it is free internet access or tickets to a concert, if it is something of value, then you will be expected to provide some value in return. Steer clear of offers that seem too good to be true. If you receive a message from someone you know and trust, please let them know that their link may be a problem. No matter what, don’t open a link from anyone if you aren't entirely sure the links are valid.
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