"It's awful": Sonol's new competition is provoking a web storm
In the past day, the petrol company "Sonol" has released a new competition in which it offers a fuel card for NIS 7,000. The competition has managed to provoke a storm in the net, and even worry many people about what it is, but it is far from the only thing that is worrying
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Did you receive a notice on Sonap about a NIS 7,000 refueling card? You are not the only ones and this time for a change, this is not a fraud. The announcement that went viral in the last day has raised quite a few suspicions, since fairly similar false messages are being circulated on Wetsap almost every month, but from reconsideration, the activity appears to be real and behind it is Sonol. "The message text and invitation to share the link with as many people as possible, mention a little chain letter and indeed as we see from the referrals we received, the activity and manner of participation, did not give the audience a sense of credibility," said ESET security company. "To our delight, today's audience has become more aware of phishing and alert actions for malicious activities." The activity raises questions and, among other things, requires subscribing to marketing publications and inviting as many members as possible, with each having to invite more members in order to increase their chances.More in Walla! TECH More in Walla! TECH
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Participation in the activity is conditional on entering the registrant's telephone number and consent to receive "direct and direct mail". It is important to note that the spam law in recent months has become particularly noticeable, and it actually refers to the conditions of the kind explicitly in his body. By law, a business is not allowed to send messages to anyone unless the recipient explicitly approves it. And although the right to decide whether to participate in the activity or not is reserved for the general public, the reactions Sonol received were stingy and negative. "You have a bug in the system of the game," wrote one user in response to the activity. "It doesn't allow me to play without willingly receiving the million and one spam messages that will be sent to me after I submit my information. Please buy this bug," he added.
Sonol Competition Distributed Notice (screenshot)
The announcement of Sonol's competition (Photo: Screenshot)
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Another user wrote in response to the activity: "It's awful. People don't read the policies and then don't understand where all the messages are." Sonol will not allow you to enter the competition unless you agree to receive the promotional clause from them, and furthermore, to win the alluring prize, you will need to invite friends and family and even get them to participate in the activity. The goal - to get as many people as possible into Sonol's mailing. Again, we note that the competition does not violate any laws, and it is your full right to decide whether or not to sign up for it, but it is important to think twice before agreeing to share your information for these purposes with any company.
From the comments on Sonol's Facebook page about posting the activity (screenshot)
Comment on Sonol's Facebook page (Photo: Screenshot)
Sonol commented on the Facebook page in response to the "suspicious" message: "Good evening to everyone. It is important for us to make it clear that the competition we put up on the Facebook page is real and safe to use - and that the false message in WatsApp warns against burglars is incorrect or reliable. You can be sure that there is no danger in exposing your data. You are welcome to participate in the competition without fear. Good luck. "