Using whatsapp or the classic SMS as a method to extend a giveaway or promotion is something that many companies, department stores and marketing campaigns use. But that message that you just got about 500 euros to spend in El Corte Inglés no. That message is pure phishing, so be careful.
The fake El Corte Ingles voucher
You will receive a text message or a whatsapp message with a link to the web ‘es.novedadesparati.com’, a site that is part of an action by El Corte Inglés in which the retail chain raffles vouchers of 500 euros. On the page, they ask you to fill in a series of fields with your personal information:
Name and surname
As you fill them in, suddenly more fields appear: now they want your full address and demand that you agree to “the disclosure of my data to third parties for advertising purposes in the terms set out in the Data Protection Information”. When you’re done, Suppose you enter the lottery. But the reality is that there is no lottery and there is nothing. All there is is a rough way to keep your data for free, to make money out of it.
The same Corte Inglés has had to point out in his Twitter account that “our promotions are always run from the official website Elcorteinglés.es”, so it is clear that any other promotional site that is in a whatsapp or text message is fake.