Nepali social media users have been confronted with a new Bhatbhateni supermarket scam. Containing a suspicious and probably dubious link, the scam has spread across social media, especially on Facebook.
Users have received a congratulatory message with a Rs 5000 possible gift on the occasion of a new Bhatbhateni Supermarket branch opening. It asks the recipient of the message to share the link with 5 groups or 20 friends. It also asks users to answer a few questions to be eligible for the prize.
Before we add further, we urge you not to click on the link in the first place. Anyway, if you click on the link, you will get a fake Bhatbhateni interface mimicking authenticity. On the top, you see “Congratulations!”
You find some questions to answer. The link says you can win Rs 5000 if you submit the answers. It is obvious that if you proceed further, the rogue user on the other end waiting for you to make the move (hacker) will gain access to your device once you submit answers. If you comply with the link, your personal data will likely be compromised.
Be careful not to compromise your vital personal data
Especially, your social media data and bank accounts can be infiltrated by hackers. It is best you just stood away from opening the link. We suggest you ignore and delete the message in case you receive one.
After the scam circulated widely, various news outlets, users, and popular Facebook groups have been quick to warn users not to give in to the link. To aware the users, users have been informed that no new Bhatbhateni branch has been opened. And if someone is receiving such a message or link, it is probably malicious.
Bhatebhateni supermarket scam link | The retail chain releases the statement
Besides, Bhatbhateni has released an official statement regarding the scam requesting the public not to fall, victim.
Dear valued customers, please be aware of these types of scam that may be forwarded to you. Bhat-Bhateni is NOT associated with this type of vacancy, so please do not fill in your personal information in such forms.
Please do share this with your friends and family,” the statement read.
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If you have also received such a message with a link, we urge you to simply discard it and save yourself from compromising your personal data. You can drop a comment below to learn more about scams and how to stay aware of them.
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