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LINE App Text Message

How the scam works:

LINE is a great application for instant messaging on smartphones and personal computers. Its users exchange text messages, graphics, video and audio media, make free VoIP calls, as well as hold free audio or video conferences. Launched in 2011 and having over 560 millions users worldwide, LINE can be used on Android, iOS, Blackberry smartphones, Nokia Asha, and Windows phones, as well as on laptop and desktop computers using the Microsoft Windows and Mac OS platforms.

However, recently users have been receiving compromised scam messages coming from an account called the “Kaohsiung Investigation Bureau Police”, which is a bogus organization. The message's content warns of a virus that will delete one's entire hard drive if opened and claims the news comes directly from Microsoft. To avoid infecting others with the virtual virus, the message suggests receivers forward the message to their friends.

 

Another scam message came from an account called “Chunghwa Telecom Service Office.” It prompts receivers to block a specific phone number and to avoid picking up phone calls from said number. If not, the user will incur a sky-high phone billl.

In a third variation of the text message, LINE users in Taiwan have received scam messages claiming that Ting Hsin Group, the company that's been implicated in an oil scandal, will reimburse every Taiwanese citizen NT$10,000.

How to avoid:

If you doubt the veradicity of the text message, go online or call to check if the organization is accredited or even exists at all.

How to report:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

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