All WhatsApp users warned of terrifying Father’s Day text message – it could cost you

WHATSAPP users are being warned of a scam message disguised as a competition spreading “like wildfire” across the platform.

The mock sweepstakes gives people the chance to win a free crate of beer just in time for Father’s Day.

According to online scam trackers, a fake contest offering free coolers full of Heineken is


According to online scam trackers, a fake contest offering free coolers full of Heineken is “spreading like wildfire” across WhatsAppSource: online threatalerts

Recipients are encouraged to tap a link to enter the draw. Instead, this link takes them to a phishing page or other malicious website.

The cybercrime campaign was highlighted by onlinethreatalerts, a website that tracks internet fraud.

They wrote: “The Heineken Whatsapp scam claiming to be giving away free Heinekens is circulating on social media like wildfire.

“Recipients are asked not to follow the instructions contained therein.

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“The scam tricks potential victims into visiting phishing, spam, and malicious websites that steal personal information and account credentials.

“The scam can also trick potential victims into signing up for unwanted services.”

The offer typically appears as a WhatsApp message from a contact, such as a friend or family member, in the form of a link.

This link appears next to an image of an 18-bottle Heineken “cold pack” and a message claiming there are 5,000 cases up for grabs.

Users who click the link will be asked to share the contest with up to 20 contacts before entering their delivery details.

They are tricked into visiting phishing and malicious websites that could steal personal information and account credentials.

“If the link in the fake post is clicked, potential victims will be redirected to the deceptive website,” says Onlinethreatalerts.

“The website is used in phishing and scam campaigns set up by cyber criminals.”

Heineken confirmed that the competition was fake and warned fans not to click on the links sent to them.

In response to a message on Twitter asking the company to verify the legitimacy of the competition, Heineken wrote, “This is a scam.”

The company added: “Please do not click on any links or forward any messages. Many Thanks.”

It’s not the first time the Heineken cooler scam has made the rounds on social media.

A similar fake contest was circulating in 2020, offering people a chance to win “free kegs of Heineken beer.”

That led to the company releasing a statement warning people not to fall for the phishing scam.

If you are concerned that you have been scammed by a financial scam, the first thing you should do is contact your bank.

You should then report it to ActionFraud. Their website is and their phone number is 0300 123 2040.

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Chris Barrese

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