WhatsApp users are being warned about a new phishing scam that sees them promised free Heineken. A message, that is being widely circulated, claims the brewer is giving away five-litre barrels of beer to celebrate its 140th anniversary.
Those who receive it are urged to click on a link to enjoy the generous offer, but they are then taken to fraudulent website before being encouraged to share their personal data in order to be in with a chance of winning further prizes. Dyfed-Powys police shared a warning about it on Twitter.
Heineken said: “Please be advised there is currently a ‘Free Beer’ phishing scam circulating through social networks. The promotion states Heineken® is giving away free kegs in celebration of its 140th Anniversary, and encourages recipients to share the message. This is indeed a scam and is not sanctioned by Heineken. Promotions of this type will always be announced via official Heineken® channels. We do not advise consumers to click on the link, share personal data, or share the message within their networks.”