Here are some WhatsApp scams you should watch out for

Ever since WhatsApp was first established in 2009, there have been various attempts by people to use it for nefarious purposes.  With over 1.2 billion active users worldwide, WhatsApp is one of the largest social media networks in the world. Therefore, scammers have found it quite fertile. That’s why we have WhatsApp Scams now.

WhatsApp is easy to use by everyone. This means that a lot of people would use it, whether they are tech-savvy or not. Apart from that, the scammers make their scams look incredibly believable, so even if you are tech-savvy, you might fall victim to WhatsApp scams if you are not careful. Here are some of the most notorious scams:whatsapp scams

NEW VOICE MAIL SCAM

This particular scam has been making the rounds since 2013. The user would receive a message from WhatsApp with the subject Missed Call. This email would only contain a message “New message”, with a play button, so you would want to play it then. If you press Play, it downloads a Trojan virus to your computer which locks you out and demands a ransom to unlock it. If you open the link on a mobile device, your smartphone would be affected as well.

How to avoid it

The thing is, it is not possible to leave voice mails on WhatsApp. Therefore, if you receive such an email, ignore it. Besides, WhatsApp does not send emails, so there you go.

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WHATSAPP ACCESS CODE SCAM

This works as follows: someone uses your phone number to login to your account. WhatsApp then sends you an SMS with a login verification code. The scammer then calls you, claiming to be a representative from WhatsApp and asking for the code to ensure that your WhatsApp account is still active or something like that. If you give them the code, you get locked out of your account, and the scammer starts sending ransom requests to your friends.

How to avoid it

To prevent this scam from succeeding, simply ignore the SMS. WhatsApp will never call to ask for your verification code. Even if you think you might have done it yourself by accident, you still have to ignore the call.

“WHATSAPP WON’T BE FREE ANYMORE” SCAM

This is one of the most popular WhatsApp scams.here, the user receives a message saying: “WhatsApp will start charging USD 0.01 for every message sent. You need to confirm your profile to use this service for free. Activate your profile here”,  along with a link to a third party website. You might then be asked to add your personal information, or sign up for some service.

How to avoid it

WhatsApp actually charged a subscription fee for a while in the past. However, in January 2016 the company announced that they will no longer charge users. The service is free. Therefore, ignore any message asking you to subscribe.

WHATSAPP VOUCHER SCAM

Have you received a voucher for a ridiculous amount of money on WhatsApp? Say, a voucher for $250 from a supermarket like Walmart or an online retailer? That was probably a scam. The voucher would include a link, which would lead you to a malware install page or a survey page, where you will be asked some suspicious questions. Sometimes, you will be asked to send the messages to multiple users in order to get a bigger voucher or to unlock the offer.

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How to avoid it

You can tell that it is a fake if the message invites you to download something, or if it involves a survey page. As with other WhatsApp Scams, you should be skeptical of anything that looks too good to be true.

Have you been a victim to WhatsApp scams? Tell us about it in the comments section.

2 thoughts on “Here are some WhatsApp scams you should watch out for

  • May 26, 2017 at 1:12 pm
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    There’s that Whatsapp gold edition and Whatsapp 4g scams too. I’ve received a couple of messages like that, though I never bothered about it because I knew what they were

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