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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Customer Alert: 'BSNL 4G Express SIM launched with One year free 4G data, voice calls and SMS' is SPAM!!!

A message is being circulated on social media websites and WhatsApp that reads 'BSNL 4G Express SIM Launched' which offers One year free 4G data, voice calls and SMS is SPAM and customers are advised not to click on the link provided for registration.

Customer Alert: 'BSNL 4G Express SIM launched with One year free 4G data, voice calls and SMS' is spam

The message also claims to offer unlimited 4G internet with speed up to 10 Mbps which is valid till 31st December 2016 for those who register for BSNL 4G Express SIM. If  you receive such a message, be sure not to click on the link for registration or forward it to any one in your contact list.
As per the message, BSNL is now offering unlimited 4G data, voice calls and SMS to customers, and in order to enroll yourself, you need to apply online and generate a bar code. The link in the message and does not lead you to the BSNL website. In fact, if you closely look at the URL in the message, the 'L' in 'BSNL' is a capital 'i', which takes you to the 'bsni.co' website.

Customer Alert: 'BSNL 4G Express SIM launched with One year free 4G data, voice calls and SMS' is spam

Once you hit the link, you will be taken to the browser which reads' 'http://bsni.co/sim/' or 'http://bsni.co/express/'. On the page, you will see the ad for the 4G Express SIM card and you will be asked to enter details such as name, address, phone number and state you live in. 

The next screen will then inform you that you need to generate a bar code and verify your address, but in order to proceed you would need to send the invitation to 10 more friends or groups on WhatsApp.

Customer Alert: 'BSNL 4G Express SIM launched with One year free 4G data, voice calls and SMS' is spam

After sending the message to 10 groups, the next screen asks you to install an app to verify the mobile number you provided. The message also tells you not to uninstall the app for three days and to allow the website at least 12 hours to verify the app installation. Clicking on the link will take you to the Google Play Store and you would have to install the app from there. Further on, nothing happens and you finally find out that you were duped. Although you did not pay for anything, you have successfully sent the spammer all your details such as name, number and address.

Customer Alert: 'BSNL 4G Express SIM launched with One year free 4G data, voice calls and SMS' is spam

The spammer will collect this data and sell the database in the online market, to sales companies and many other services for a hefty sum. Apart from this, the spammer has cleverly designed the website which will also show ads, automatically click on a few links in the background and make you download a few apps.

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Dear readers, do not click on the link circulating in WhatsApp and please pass this valuable information to all your friends.

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  1. I ALREADY CLICKBUT DIDNT FORWARD

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  2. People are just forwarding the messages received to them without checking its authenticity.
    Before forwarding, please check in google. its simple. Please do not just follow the links provided in such messages.

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