On the blog I have discussed several cases of deception that try to make users believe that they won some prize so that in the end they end up subscribing by SMS to a payment service. The following is one of these cases but adapted to mobile screens.
Rik Ferguson of TrendMicro was browsing Facebook from his mobile when he tried to open a photograph published by one of his friends, instead of showing the image in full screen his browser was redirected to a website that displayed a message like the following:
Apparently he was the winner in an Apple contest, by pressing OK he was informed that his number had been chosen randomly and I could choose a prize between a MacBook Air, an Amazon Kindle, an iPhone 4S or an iPad 2.
To give more credibility to the matter, the page showed false comments supposedly from people who had also won awards. After choosing one, he had to answer a simple question to take it with him:
If Rik continued with the game and confirmed his mobile number, he would have lost 6 (about 10 dollars) and then 3 for each question answered. That's right, far from being an Apple-related contest, it was a bait or hook to trick him.
At the end of the page – as you can see in the screenshot that it took – you can read the terms of the service that by law must be there or somewhere visible, although as we see those who mount these platforms seek to deceive users who are not used to it pay attention to those details.
In fact, at the beginning of the year, two UK companies that operated with special SMS rates were fined for doing the same, impersonating the image of well-known brands such as YouTube, Facebook, among others.
The case is similar to the many variants that we can find today in web version, it is the first time that I see it with a design adapted for mobile screens. So be very careful if you come across something similar in Spanish, do not create everything first!
The screenshots are from TrendMicro.
See also: Trojans in Facebook chat that simulate being photos.