WhatsApp users are currently targeted by scammers and other fraudsters since they pose as real contacts on the popular messaging app. Because of this, the social media site issued a warning over the sneaky cam that jumps from one phone to another.
The WhatsApp issue was shared by the tech writer and expert Alexis Conran. He said that there are scammers who are trying to breach users’ accounts. Conran also released a screenshot of the fake code, which is used by the hackers to fool their victims into clicking the link.
However, that doesn’t end there. The tech expert said that once a user received the code, one of their contacts will text them that they sent a 6-digit code by SMS, mistakenly. After that, the WhatsApp scammer disguised as one of their contacts will ask them to send the message to them so that they can use it.
Alexis explained what the WhatsApp scam really is, saying that “what has actually happened is your friend’s account has been hacked. Scammers are now trying to hack all their contacts. You are one of them. They are trying to set up a WhatsApp on a new device with your number.”
He added that “WhatsApp acknowledges this and sends a 6-digit authorization code to your mobile phone by SMS. The scammers now try and get you to forward it to them by pretending to be a friend of yours.”
On the other hand, Alexis also suggested that if ever you also experienced this kind of fraudulent activity, the best way to confirm is to contact your friend through call. In that way, you will know that they are really the one that sent the message.
Identifying and avoiding WhatsApp’s scam
There are several ways that you can avoid and identify the application’s latest scam campaign. One of them is knowing if your contacts are okay to have a phone call. Although these hackers can use the accounts of your friends or family members, they still can’t replicate their voices, unless they use a super-advanced technology, which is currently impossible to achieve right now.
The scammers using the popular application will always reject the phone call you offer. The reason behind this is because you will easily know that they are not your friend based on their tone, voice, and way of speaking.
Aside from copying your trusted contacts, the application’s scammers and other malicious actors will also send payment requests using unknown or unlisted accounts. If you receive one, the first thing you need to do is call the contact number or check if they are legit accounts.
Here are other things you can do:
- The scammer informs you that their number has changed and, almost immediately, starts talking about money (once again, this only occurs if the criminal has not hijacked someone’s WhatsApp account)
- The criminal does not want to be called
- The fraudster asks you to transfer money to an unknown account or uses an app that does not show account numbers at all (such as PayPal or Venmo)
- The fraudster’s messages are written in poor English, as often the fraudster’s mother tongue is not English or they are not well educated
- The scammer conveys a sense of urgency and tries to convince you or pressures you to pay quickly (this is almost always the case)