Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Scam: How It Works
Watch out for the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Scam. People worldwide have been getting a text message claiming to be from Xiaomi headquarters. It is a bogus confirmation for buying a smartphone. The content states: “Thank you for purchasing a Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro for $ 284.00 USD. Your order will be shipped on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, to Thailand. If you did not order, you can request a cancellation before Sunday, April 11. http://ow.ly/BEzd30rDBzf”.
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To get the smartphone, the recipients have to visit a dodgy website where they need to fill out a survey. It’s similar to many other text message scams.
“Thank You for Purchasing” Scare
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Scam is just another phishing attack. It follows the same pattern as the Your Apple Receipt Scam. The main aim of the scam text is to frighten potential victims into contacting the crooks. This “thank you for purchasing” action works well because the text recipients know they didn’t purchase a phone. They are scared that their accounts were charged $284, so they try to challenge the purchase.
Clicking the link takes you to a suspicious website that asks for personal information, maybe filling a survey (an action that creates affiliate money for scammers) or to a site that loads a virus onto your device.
If you get one of these text messages requesting to visit sites like ow.ly, ignore them. Delete them and report them.
Be also aware of many other phone scams that are prevalent this week.
Xiaomi Redmi Text Message: How To Report a Scammer
Let your family and online friends about the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Scam by sharing this article on your social media accounts. If you are also wondering how to report phone scams, you can do it easily to the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) using the link below:
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