Scam: a wave of fake contests from the Decathlon sports store

We are happy to announce that we will be donating 670 ATVs that cannot be sold due to small scratches, as they are still in perfect condition. So we will randomly send it to someone who will write down their favorite color. Example “Red”[sic]can we read in a Facebook publication of a page sporting the colors of the Decathlon store.

This is just one of the publications reported to Decryptors over the past few days.

When people write a color in the comments, an automated message appears asking them to share the post in at least nine Facebook groups in order to participate.

They are then invited to register by directing them to another website that includes the Decathlon logo. This is when they are asked for their personal information, including their name, address, email and phone number.

Decathlon did not respond to the email from Decryptors sent Thursday morning. However, the Facebook pages that organize these “contests” are obviously fake. They were all created in the last few weeks and mostly only have a few subscribers. Some are run by people living in Indonesia.

In addition, any contest aimed at Quebecers whose prize exceeds $100 must publish the official rules, according to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (RACJ) of Quebec. This was not done on these Facebook pages.

A recurring and widespread phenomenon

The phenomenon of fake contests on Facebook is not new. In 2019, the Decryptors had identified a network of 17 Facebook pages organizing such fake competitions. These resemble in all respects those sporting the colors of Decathlon identified this week.

At the time, web security expert Jean-Philippe Décarie-Mathieu explained to us that people who enter their personal data believing they are participating in these contests risk exposing themselves to identity theft.

For a fraud of the type phishing (phishing), they have just been given a lot of information. The more data points a scammer has on a person, the more he can do something against themhe illustrated.

Also in 2019, a Quebec woman confided in the Decryptors having lost more than $800 after entering a fake competition to win an iPhone, created by a fake Instagram page of singer Marie-Mai.

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