Fake Invitation Scam

Modified on Fri, 31 May 2024 at 02:09 PM

The fake invitation scam often exploits people's trust and desire for social interaction, posing as genuine event invitations received via messages or emails. These invitations can appear as wedding invitations, conference invites, private events or parties, open house events, or meet-and-greet opportunities with celebrities. However, behind these seemingly genuine invitations is a deceptive scheme to trick you into giving away personal information or money.


Typically, scammers would prompt you to open an attached file for further details regarding the invitation. Do not click on or open the attachment, as it contains a malicious APK file that can install malware on your device. If installed, this malware can steal your information, including your TAC number, which allows them to make unauthorized banking transactions.


In some instances, the scam may also entice you to send money or provide sensitive information, pretending it's necessary to confirm attendance for a nonexistent event. This manipulation preys on your desire to participate in social gatherings or opportunities, ultimately leading to financial loss or identity theft.


Sample of invitation scam:

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How to Spot a Fake Invitation Scam

  • Event invitations from unknown senders often request you to click on unfamiliar links or open attachments for more details.
  • Pay attention to the timing of the invitation and watch for any spelling or grammatical errors.
  • Be cautious if the invitation promises unbelievable rewards or seems too good to be true.


Things to keep in mind:

  • Verify the invitation's authenticity by reaching out directly to the sender through official channels.
  • Prevent malware infections by avoiding clicking on suspicious links or attachments in texts or messaging apps.
  • Keep your phone software and apps up to date with the latest security patches.
  • Install reputable antivirus software on your mobile devices and ensure it stays updated.
  • Only download and install apps from trusted sources such as the Google Play Store or Apple App Store.
  • Stay informed about common scams and share your knowledge to help protect your loved ones from fraud.

 

To report this issue, get in touch with us.


Rest assured that CelcomDigi is actively taking measures to ensure our customers do not fall prey to such scams.

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