The fake message circulation plague seems to have now hit e-tailers as well, as now Flipkart and Amazon are feeling the pinch of fake deals to entice its consumers. According to reports online, there are several messages doing the rounds across popular social media sites like Facebook, WhatsApp, SMSs and even emails that are circulating false information regarding incredible deals on offer on the e-commerce websites. Not only do these deals turn out to be false but they end up tricking users into purchasing fake merchandise or the entire thing turns out to be a scam.
Popular E-commerce website, Flipkart has acted swiftly to counter these fake messages by issuing a statement. An advisory statement on Flipkart’s website read “Be warned that these messages are not sent by official Flipkart channels, but by fraudsters and scammers who intend to deceive you. If you are not careful, you may be at the receiving end of fraud.
Moreover, Flipkart takes information security seriously and initiates necessary actions on a continual basis. In the past, we have investigated cases and have taken legal action against fraudsters, scammers and impostors, while continuing to strengthen our systems and processes.” The company has asked its users to cross-check for the authenticity of the deals and check the official website of Flipkart is the deals are really on offer.
Users receive incredible deals through these texts which takes them to a fake website that has a similar design and looks like Flipkart. For example one of the few incidents reported by Flipkart suggested that some users received a fake message that a 32 GB pen drive was being sold for a measly price of Rs. 25. In response to this Flipkart has urged its users to check for the accuracy of the website and also report such fake messages and websites to its customer care that can be reached at 1800 208 9898.
Fake Messages leading to fake websites:
The issue has been quite serious now, with several users receiving these fake circulated messages with incredible deals. The messages will lead to an URL that is close to Flipkart such as flipkart-bigbillion-sale.com andflipkart.dhamaka.com where these offers are displayed. These websites are not official and are in no way connected to Flipkart. These websites display deals that are extremely tempting to users who may believe that they are authentic and look to purchase these deals. However, all of Flipkart’s deals and sales are made on their official website only.
These websites are notorious for phishing private information of visitors. Unsuspecting visitors to these websites are under the assumption that they are visiting Flipkart’s official website and enter their login credentials like passwords that are sensitive. What is worse is that these scamsters extract private information like credit card details and internet banking passwords when users attempt to make a purchase on these fake websites. This can lead to severe consequences like financial losses that cannot be reversed or compensated. Users are also prone to suffer malware or Trojan attacks on the devices that they use to navigate onto these fake websites.
Fake messages circulating on WhatsApp has been an issue that has been plaguing the country for a while now. In a recent case, a person was beaten to death after the circulation of messages on WhatsApp. The government has had to step in and it has asked WhatsApp to restrict the circulation of these messages. The Facebook-owned company is working a slew of features that will limit fake message sharing such as labelling forwards and flagging fake/suspicious links while receiving messages.