Claim: “Honda is giving away 372 Free Honda Activa 5G Scooters to EVERYONE on its 72nd ANNIVERSARY”
A message is doing the forwards on social media claiming that Honda is giving away free scooters on their 72nd Anniversary.
When we clicked on the link to verify it, it directed us through various steps. Below is the thread of the steps that we were made to follow.
- This is the introductory page,
2. We were asked to choose our favorite color of the scooter that we want, the entire process is to keep you hooked.
3. Then we were asked whether we like the Honda scooters or not?
4. Next was, where did we hear the offer from? It is basically to identify which platform led you to the link.
5. After selecting everything, it analyzes the answers and finally tells us that we have won a Honda scooter.
6. But, then asks us to follow these steps to get a free scooter. The steps are that we share it with 20 of our friends on Whatsapp and then click on continue and that we’ll get our scooter in 2 days!
You can move past the above-mentioned step only when you perform the task correctly. Nothing less than 20 will let you move forward. And once you click confirm, you are taken to a different website which is not in any way related to why you ever clicked the link.
This lets us come to the conclusion that it is all a malicious scam to store your contact information. These types of scams take place every day on social media, where they try to store your personal details like contact information. This is known as a telemarketing scam and the main aim of these scams is to make a database of all the contact information and later sell them.
There are two ways in which these scams operate,
- Such offers do not ask you to pay any money so that you give it a shot without any harm and makes you think that you might get lucky. Since a lot of people send it on various groups, members of these groups also give it a try and this way a lot of people collectively register on the website in a very short span of time.The owners of these websites then use these contacts of the registered users as database and sell it for telemarking which further begins giving you calls on insurance offers, schemes, loans, etc.2. Advertisement on their home page which increases traffic through a lot of visits in less time. The owner earns on the basis of how many visitors view their website.
What can you do?
1- Check the URL of the website. A credible website will never have a complicated name with too many characters joined in a line making it longer than a usual URL. The government websites will mostly have “.gov” so it is easy to recognize when it is not a government website.
2- The right website will never ask you to share the link with 8 or 10 more people on your Whatsapp. It is a trap and you should be able to catch it the next time you find it.
3- On looking closely, you will be able to catch any grammatical errors and spelling mistakes that a properly made authentic website will not usually have.
Most importantly, if Honda was having a giveaway offer, they would have announced it on their official website, or social media pages, which is not the case with this.
Hence, it is established that Honda is not giving away free scooters on their 72nd anniversary. The claim is absolutely false, and most importantly, it is a scam.
Many such scams were debunked earlier,