Monday 19 August, 2019

KFC Trinidad and Tobago warns against meal offer scam

Photo: KFC TT

Photo: KFC TT

KFC Trinidad and Tobago warned its customers on Tuesday of a scam offering free meals for anyone who shared a message. 

In a statement to its Facebook page on Tuesday, the company advised customers to exercise caution.

"Dear valued customers please be advised that the promotion below is not run by KFC Trinidad and Tobago and is indeed a scam. We ask that you exercise caution if you do receive such message," the company said. 

The message was being shared via Whatsapp and Facebook and offered two free meals to customers who passed the message onto their friends, saying they would receive a code for their free meals. 

According to Fraud Watch International, phishing attacks impersonate organizations or businesses through phishing emails and fake websites. The criminals who engage in phishing attacks seek access to private and sensitive information, like login credentials, credit card details, and social security numbers. 

According to phishing.org, there are some ways to tell one is being phished:

How to tell you're being phished

 

Too good to be true 

Lucrative offers and eye-catching or attention-grabbing statements are designed to attract people’s attention immediately. For instance, many claim that you have won an iPhone, a lottery, or some other lavish prize. Just don't click on any suspicious emails. Remember that if it seems to good to be true, it probably is!

Sense of urgency 

A favorite tactic amongst cybercriminals is to ask you to act fast because the super deals are only for a limited time. Some of them will even tell you that you have only a few minutes to respond. When you come across these kinds of emails, it's best to just ignore them.

Sometimes, they will tell you that your account will be suspended unless you update your personal details immediately. Most reliable organizations give ample time before they terminate an account and they never ask patrons to update personal details over the Internet. When in doubt, visit the source directly rather than clicking a link in an email.

Hyperlinks 

A link may not be all it appears to be. Hovering over a link shows you the actual URL where you will be directed upon clicking on it. It could be completely different or it could be a popular website with a misspelling, for instance www.bankofarnerica.com - the 'm' is actually an 'r' and an 'n', so look carefully.

Attachments 

If you see an attachment in an email you weren't expecting or that doesn't make sense, don't open it! They often contain payloads like ransomware or other viruses. The only file type that is always safe to click on is a .txt file.

Unusual Sender 

Whether it looks like it's from someone you don't know or someone you do know, if anything seems out of the ordinary, unexpected, out of character or just suspicious in general don't click on it.

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