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Claim: A link circulating through private messages redirects users to a Christmas gift offered by SM Supermalls.
Why we fact-checked this: The claim was submitted to Rappler via email for a fact-check. Based on the screenshot sent, a link to a purported survey was being spread via Facebook Messenger.
The facts: Earlier in December, Rappler debunked a similar post claiming to offer users a chance to receive a P7,000 Christmas gift from SM in exchange for completing an online questionnaire. The link being spread now is fake, too.
Malicious link: A scan of the link on VirusTotal, a free anti-malware website owned by Google, revealed that the link was flagged as malicious by two of its security vendors. Kaspersky and Yandex Safebrowsing detected potential phishing threats. Users who click on the link may be at risk of having their sensitive personal information stolen. (READ: Phishing 101: How to spot and avoid phishing)
The address of the phishing website is also very different from the official website of the shopping mall chain, www.smsupermalls.com.
Debunked: SM Supermalls has denied the supposed Christmas gift in an earlier statement. It advised the public to visit their official website and Facebook account for official information about their promotions.
Previous fact-checks: Rappler has debunked claims from dubious websites claiming to offer giveaways from various brands and companies:
- FALSE: Robinsons Supermarket gives gift cards on 40th anniversary
- FALSE: Cebu Pacific gives cash gift for its 25th anniversary celebration
- FALSE: Rolex gives away watches to celebrate 100th anniversary
- FALSE: Shopee Philippines gives away 100,000 iPhones
- FALSE: Puregold offers coupons for 1-hour free shopping
– Ailla Dela Cruz/Rappler.com
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