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The Redmi Note 10 pro giveaway scam is being circulated widely among the Nepali Facebook community. The fake account of Xiaomi Nepal has been circulating such information to steal your data. As per the news posted in techpana, the hackers will steal personal information such as account username, passwords if the user clicks on the link of such posts as shown in Figure. 

Image Credit (techpana.com)

Recently, it is found that such fake information gets viral fast and many Facebook accounts get hacked. In the past, different fake accounts of companies like Ncell, Xiaomi Nepal, Samsung have been created to post fake information. The users click on such links without properly scrutinizing the content. The companies have asked to verify the information of the post and if it is from the official page of the company. The official page can be known by a blue tick mark after the name of the company that indicates a verified badge. Such scams are notorious in different countries like Nepal, the Philippines, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and other African countries. 

Such scams as phishing which is a cybercrime where targets are contacted by email, phone, Whatsapp/Viber/other text messages, or by posing as an authentic person or group. In Nepal and other low middle-income countries, phishing by creating fake Facebook pages is becoming prominent. The hosted phishing website will have a login panel, and when the users log in to such panels, their login credentials are stored and in the hands of hackers. It is also seen that hackers blackmail the user after they get personal information.

This article is to alert people to be careful when browsing Facebook or other websites. When browsing contents from a Facebook page, look for the verified badge. Now, look carefully at the phishing ad of Xiaomi Nepal again. If observed, it can be noted that the spelling for Xiaomi is incorrect. Moreover, there is a link for the unofficial blog page. The screenshot from the official page of Xiaomi Nepal is also posted here that shows the blue tick after the page name.

Image Credits: techpana.com, Xiaomi Nepal official Facebook page & kaspersky.com

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