False messages and applications were spread on social networks to collect the bonds delivered by the Government. The goal was to trick users into obtaining personal data., generate traffic on a page or scam
Four social bonds were authorized by the Government to be delivered in the country throughout the year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Universal Bonus, the Family Bond and the Family Basket Bonus were delivered during the quarantine period and the Anti-Hunger Bond at the end of the year. Precisely around these bonds, applications and accounts appeared that only sought to deceive the population to take advantage of the beneficiaries.
In this space we remind you of the most common deceptions in social networks that appeared for the bonuses so that you do not fall into them, as it happened with other people.
Bonus withdrawal codes
One of the most used techniques to deceive people is to share an application where the user must put their personal information to supposedly know whether or not they are a beneficiary of the bonus.. In fact, what these types of applications do is steal personal data for other purposes.
One of these applications is YanApp, which even used the logo of the Ministry of Economy. "We will send a first text message to your cell phone with a code of 10 Digits. We will send a second message to your cell phone with a code of 4 digits" says the false instructions disseminated from the account that seeks to defraud users.
Banco Unión also warned users through a statement that the YanApp Bolivia Plurinational account is not endorsed and that it seeks to deceive people..
The bonus to a burlesque click
"Check with your CI if you will receive the bonus, quickly and directly", said one of the many ads that encouraged to click on the publication. When you enter the page, it was requested to enter the identity card number and later they informed him that he will not receive the bonus, and then jokingly said that this was because the previous one had been spent on "pure chocolates and pork rinds".
The text added that the application was made in order to "de-stress" in these times of pandemic, asking for the link to be shared.
While it is indicated that this link aims to entertain and lower stress levels, in reality what is sought is to generate traffic to certain pages, as explained to Bolivia Verifica by computer forensic Gabriel Coronado.
Another common technique is the use of WhatsApp's instant messaging service to coordinate alleged payments with beneficiaries. "You have a message from the Ministry of Government", says a new message from an unknown number.
Generally as a profile picture of these numbers they use the official logos of government institutions or banking entities, but the truth is that none of these instances makes these deliveries or procedures by WhatsApp.
Generally, the person sending these messages identifies himself as a "graduate who works in the Ministry of Government".
It is by this means that meetings are stayed or access to bank accounts is facilitated, putting the victim's resources at risk. None of the state institutions or financial institutions use WhatsApp to make bond payments..
Another technique to seduce users on social networks is to offer more social bonuses, asking the customer to hand over their personal data via WhatsApp to unknown numbers, whose owners pose as state officials.
"Good afternoon, we speak to you from the Ministry of Government to let you know that you are a creditor of a Bs bond 10 a thousand Bolivians plus a family basket", indicates a message that at the same time gives a contact number.
When calling the contact, an alleged state official, makes you a number of product offers that you can buy with the bonus money, trying to incentivize the user to invest in a private account scam in process!
Neither the Ministry of Government nor any State body carry out this type of procedure.
Luis Arce's undes promised bonuses
When the candidate of the Movement to Socialism wins the elections (but), Luis Arce, alleged proposals of his government plan appeared, linked especially to the delivery of social bonds.
"Bs Emergency Bonus 1500, Bs Stability Bonus 1000 and the Progress Bonus of Bs 500", are the names of the supposed social benefits that Arce would have proposed in his government plan.
By reviewing the MAS government plan and the different interviews and interventions of candidate Arce, it could be seen that he only promised to consolidate the Bond Against Hunger, which is in force to date.
"Arce's proposal is the Bs 1,000 Anti-Hunger Bond", responded the now Minister of the Presidency, María Nela Prada to Bolivia Verifica, who at that time was a communicator of the candidate.
In crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic around the planet, chains appeared circulating on social networks with a link that invited the user to enter to earn some benefit. The benefit offered is a supposed international bond in the name of the World Bank (Bm).
Similar strings showed names of other entities, as the World Health Organization (WHO) Are there international support bonds for the COVID-19 pandemic? The answer is no.
"The World Bank is giving bonds of 2.200 dollars to all families who need it to stay in quarantine I got one, get yours here: HTTP://ayudacorona.to/bono", reads in a message that circulated on WhatsApp.
In fact, these international bodies did not offer bonuses and to make some international aid, this should meet a number of requirements.
"The World Bank denies this information. The institution's support is coordinated directly with state entities. In no case does the WB deliver or request cash or other contributions to private persons", was the response of this institution.
Similar messages appeared with the name of the big supermarket chains
What is the purpose of doing these deceptions?? One of the reasons is to increase traffic levels on certain pages, but other more serious ones are the theft of personal data and scams.
Payments by Tigo Money
Circulated throughout the year by WhatsApp groups a message that assured that the Bonus of Bs 500 and the family basket will be delivered through enabled Tigo Money accounts.
In this case it was intended to defraud people by asking them to send a certain sum of money to a personal account to enable payment..
Both the National Government and the banks clarified that the payment of these bonds was not made through Tigo Money.
Such as the aforementioned examples, there were a lot of publications and chains that tried to hurt the sensibilities of people who were in a situation of confinement due to the quarantine to deceive or defraud them..
So don't let yourself be scammed, take into account all the details before giving Click to one of these deceptive pages.