Date
24 January 2017
A WhatsApp message offers a HK$500 gift voucher for anyone who will share the message and take a market survey. City'super says it has nothing to do with the message. Photos: Wikipedia, Facebook
A WhatsApp message offers a HK$500 gift voucher for anyone who will share the message and take a market survey. City'super says it has nothing to do with the message. Photos: Wikipedia, Facebook

City’super warns against bogus gift card offer on WhatsApp

Warning to internet users: There’s a fake promotional campaign allegedly from supermarket operator city’super that claims one could win a HK$500 gift card if they log on to a web page, answer five questions within a minute and forward the message to 10 friends.

A netizen named Denise said she received the message twice on Tuesday and Wednesday on her WhatsApp account, but when she called the store’s hotline, she found there was no such promotional going on, Apple Daily reports.

She suspects it could be an internet scam trying to collect personal information with malicious intent or plant a computer virus.

Apple Daily reporters entered the web link provided in the WhatsApp message, and found the same message claiming to come from various merchants, such as city’super, IKEA and 7-Eleven, was displayed each time.

The website would ask the visitors to enter their name, email address, mobile phone and other personal details.

Visitors were then taken to another market survey website, but the HK$500 gift card offer was never mentioned again.

City’super posted a statement on its official website clarifying it never launched any such promotion or market survey.

Francis Fong of the Hong Kong Information Technology Federation said personal data could be sold to financial services or insurance companies which in turn could use them for marketing purposes.

Fong also warned that such messages could contain a malicious software that could hack into a user’s computer and obtain their credit card password and other confidential information.

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