After Googling something and clicking one of the top links (not the ads), I was redirected to a data URL. The page made my phone vibrate, then a popup appeared, telling me I had the chance to win a free iPhone, MacBook or iPad! Because it was the only button, I tapped OK.
At first, I thought it had taken me to Facebook, but then I noticed how it looked nothing like Facebook, and was telling me that I was a lucky winner.
I answered “I don’t know” to all of the questions, and selected the MacBook Pro as my prize.
Rather than download some sketchy APK file, the page redirected 2 or 3 times, finally stopping on an Internal Server Error.
No MacBook for me, I guess.
Knowing this was obviously a scam, I emailed myself the data URL, and visited it on my PC. It’s a frame of hxxps://s3.amazonaws.com/notificationcenter/intl/uk/6s/exp/youreawinner.htm, which looks even more unconvincing on a desktop.
The comments are clearly fake, with the exact same pictures being used on multiple sites.
After getting the error on my phone, I decided I should try on my PC. And it worked!
I decided against receiving their premium messages, so I’ve not got further than this page.
I also tried with mobile data and Tor, to see if it wasn’t only Virgin Media customers who can win.
If you haven’t noticed, it just uses your ISP. It’s not as exclusive and special as it makes it out to be.
Well that’s pretty much it. I haven’t gotten any more fake popups similar to this, and I don’t really have anything else to write about this.