Despite the promise in WhatsApp messages going around, the "Superfast4G" website will not give you 50GB of free data after you share its marketing message with friends.
Instead you could end up paying R3,650 for a service you almost certainly don't need.
The Superfast 50GB message is persistent variation on a by now fairly standard WhatsApp scam that relies on people spreading the word to friends, and then tries to convince them to click on a range of dodgy advertisements.
A typical message reads:
*50 GB of Internet Data Without Any Recharge* Get 50GB of free internet data in any mobile network for 60 days. *Get it now* http://Superfast4G.co/50GB/
That message has been doing the rounds for some time in South Africa, but recently appeared to pick up new steam, with Business Insider South Africa receiving a dozen copies of it on Monday.
If you were to click on that link, here's what happens.
Unlike more sophisticated online scams, the site does not identify the mobile network of the user, and is not localised to convince South Africans they will get data on Cell C, MTN, Telkom Mobile or Vodacom.
The scariest of the products we found linked from the Superfast scam could cost you R3,650 per year if you agree to pay R10 per day for an "anti-virus" subscription service.
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