Using WhatsApp or the classic SMS as methods to expand a giveaway or promotion is something that many businesses, department stores and marketing campaigns use. But that message that you just received about 500 euros to spend in El Corte Inglés no. That message is pure phishing, so be careful.
The fake voucher of El Corte Ingles
You receive an SMS or a WhatsApp message with a link to the web ‘en.novedadesparati.com ‘, a site that is part of a promotion of El Corte Inglés in which the chain of stores raffles vouchers of 500 euros. On the page they ask you to fill in a series of fields with your personal data:
- Name and surname
- Postal Code
Suddenly, as you fill them in, more fields appear: Now they want your full address, and they demand that you accept “the communication of my data to third parties for advertising purposes in the terms set out in the Information on Data Protection “. When you finish, you are supposed to enter the draw. But the reality is that there is no raffle and there is nothing. The only thing there is is a crude way to keep your data for free, to get money from it.
The English Court itself has had to point to your Twitter account that “our promotions are always carried out from the official website Elcorteinglés.es “, so it is clear that any other promotional site that appears in a WhatsApp or SMS message is false.