The instant messaging application WhatsApp is currently used by more than 2 billion users around the world. That is why it is one of the most attractive ways to spread different scams..
As knowledge is power, in this article we are going to tell what are the most common deceptions that are spread through this app , so that we know how to identify and ignore them . It is also in our power to inform our chat partners that something likely to be fraud is being shared.
We have mostly stuck to the latest scams. But of course, we can find variants . In any case, if we take into account the ones we have here, it will be much easier to recognize them..
The message of the codes
In this scam attempt, the cybercriminal impersonates one of your contacts to request the six-digit password that the application sends us by SMS when we want to verify the account. The modus operandi is as follows: someone usurps the identity of an acquaintance, tells you that they have sent you that number by mistake and to send it to them, and then tries to access your account. Since you have double confirmation activated, WhatsApp sends you a six-digit code, which is the one that your supposed trusted contact asks for. Of course, don't give it to him.
The bizum made by mistake
The affected person receives a message from someone who does not have on the agenda. First sign of alarm. This person tells you that they have sent you 50 euros for Bizum by mistake , since your number is very similar to that of the real recipient. Right after you get a message from a number very similar to yours, so that the story has consistency. He asks you to forward the 50 euros to him but not through this current and famous money transfer system, but to another platform. The scam is done and your bank details exposed..
A hoax that involves WhatsApp but is done through email. The subject of the mail says something like this: ' Backup of WhatsApp messages * 913971605 Nº (xxxxx) '. Once the user opens the message, a series of documents appear inside that can be downloaded. However, it is not a backup copy, but a virus with which attackers can obtain personal data from the victim.
Common WhatsApp scams that are repeated over time
Chain messages that offer free gift cards , a link in which you are invited to download a possible 'Gold' mode of WhatsApp with extra functions, unreal job announcements ... In general, if it seems too good to be true, it is probably not it is.
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