PUBLIC ALERT: Social Media Phishing Scam
It has come to our attention that a another information collection / phishing – social media event page is currently circulating in Cork with the title “Branded Warehouse Clothing Sale – Cork”
The information they are requesting is: Full Name, Email Address, Mobile Number and University of Choice. All information which can all be used for marketing purposes.
We’re wondering, why ask which university you want to attend? This is a “clothing sale.”
Each of these events listed gain quite a lot of attention, seen above from the Cork “Sale” it has 3.5K interested parties, with 1,300 registered as “going” to the sale.
The event which requires you to sign up for details, collects personal data via a web form sending your details right back to the creator of the scam. These types of scams are known for “data harvesting” for marketing companies and chances are your information is being sold off to marketing agencies.
They seem to be setup for a number of Irish cities including Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The Dublin event itself raising the interest of 9,800 people! Furthermore, there are over 20 UK cities listed on their Facebook page.
We’ve discovered that by clicking “Interested” it may give the organisers of this event access to view information on your Facebook profile.
The below is what the web form looks like, if you click on the link:
This sale has already been debunked as a hoax on UK site Thats Non-Sense.
Remember DO NOT click on any links provided by these social media events. DO NOT submit any personal information on a web form unless you are 100% sure of who you are sending the information to.
What do I do if I have already sent my information?
- If any credit or debit card information has been sent, call your issuing financial institution and have them cancel the card immediately.
- If a password has been submitted, immediately change any other passwords to other online services which may be similar to the one used in the phishing scam.
- Ensure your anti-virus software is up to date so that any further phishing websites are brought to your attention before you submit your information.