In Colombia and other Latin American countries, these types of messages have gone viral, they send links and more than one ends up scammed.
During the last months in different cities of Colombia they have reported the virality of messages through text and WhatsApp in which Alleged Amazon Workers Offer ‘Great Jobs’.
Those who send the messages are mostly foreign numbers where they promise to earn a lot of money in a very short time.
In the messages they use images that are apparently taken from the social networks of Internet users who “do not even realize that they are being used for it.”
The above is what ends up making the messages so striking, since they use the names of one of the well-known and multinational e-commerce platforms.
What a thrill! The Amazon manager wrote to me 😍👌🏻❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/g8z4r7sezi
— 𝕮𝖗𝖎𝖘 🏳️🌈 (@cristofernandoo) September 18, 2022
The message // The Amazon manager pic.twitter.com/X1qT5dpoR1
— NT (@Nitrue) September 20, 2022
I’m sorry 😞. It went well for me, the general manager of the Amazon project wrote to offer me a job. pic.twitter.com/1WJaJPg8SA
– Hader González (@HaderGonzalez) September 22, 2022
The general manager of the Amazon project contacted me 🤩 thank you God for your blessings 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/oJtONwMwA8
— _____ (@199_7pr) September 23, 2022
How exciting, the Amazon manager wrote to me. 😍 pic.twitter.com/lPN1f4qPvT
– Filomena (@Yo_Filomena) September 17, 2022
My amazon project manager has a lot of money, the haters will say it’s a montage 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/60dayF2bAc
— 👣Pao in the middle 🌍 (@paoito) September 23, 2022
Nightmare of many in Colombia
Caution when forwarding messages to groups and contacts in your WhatsApp if you have not been able to verify what data and how reliable is what it says there, less, if they have links that redirect to web pages and other networks, well, is that they are stealing the information of the people in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or instant messaging like WhatsApp.
And the nightmare arrives for those who are impersonated with their WhatsApp, for example: they scam their contacts, and end up stealing them.
The victims in the country are many, businessmen, employees, politicians, members of authority and even journalistsall have fallen into the hands of scammers.
In networks it became constant to see complaints such as:
- “My WhatsApp account was hacked at dawn. Although I already recovered it, I find out that several people have been victims of the same attack in the last few hours.”
- “Please be careful. If they receive a message asking to send an SMS code, do not answer, that is how they hack the account”, as happened the previous year with Luis Ernesto Gómez, former Secretary of the Government of the Bogotá Mayor’s Office.
It happened recently with journalists like Sebastián Bedoya of CMI in Valle del Valle del Cauca and Sebastián Palacios from Noticias Caracol in Medellín.
“My account was hacked”: It has been the phrase with which many journalists such as Bedoya and Palacios have made known the delicate situation they have been through.
Victims of criminals who, through the theft of their WhatsApp accounts, (supremely important in the exercise of their profession) seek to deceive their contacts and obtain money with lies.
These two complaints were recently made known, the first was made by Bedoya through his social networks, where he alerted his contacts and relatives about the situation.
He has been in this process for several days, “trying to recover his WhatsApp.”
“Please, if they talk to you and ask you for money on WhatsApp, ignore them, they hacked my account. I appreciate you ignoring me, calling me or talking to me through my social networks«, he published in one of his trills last Thursday, July 14, about the 10:11 p.m.
Bedoya shared a video emphasizing that he was not asking for money.
– Sebastian Bedoya (@BedoyaWeb) July 15, 2022
The journalist Sebastián Palacios, for his part, also alerted the public through his social networks, stating that he fell into the hands of criminals for practically an abuse of his “good faith.”
«In my case it happened with my boss, unfortunately, his account was hacked; he asked me for a favor and there, unfortunately, I fell », Palacios said.
He added and explained that this same situation is happening with many people, criminals in one of their modalities do it through a supposed WhatsApp Technical Support message.
In which they state that the account was requested by another person and forcing them to respond with a YES or NO.
Palacios, in addition to the alert, asked citizens to ‘be smart’.
“Sbe malicious, don’t swallow it whole, as happened to me, check, consult with other people so they don’t steal from you, “he asks.
And it is that today, despite having the possibility of verifying, searching for verified and clarified information, people continue to forward messages on networks that reach them, or opening and accessing links of strange messages such as: «You won such,» «You must change the password of your ATM for this link», «You appear in this video».
In the case of passwords, the changes are made only, in the banks, if you yourself called the entity for some inconvenience, or at an ATM.
There are no more options, the rest are scams and theft of information and money.
Entities do not respond for money
If you send money for a Nequi, a Savings to Hand account or even a money order, it is very likely that you will never get it back.
They will not respond to you in the banking entities, because normally these are accounts that are opened without further requirements and without verifying if the people who have them are really the owners.