The Most Dangerous WhatsApp Scam You MUST Know About!
Whatsapp is one of the most downloaded and used apps in the world with an estimated 1 billion users so it’s of no surprise that fraudsters have targeted its users. The new Whatsapp scam works by inviting users to upgrade to a premium version called Whatsapp ‘gold’. The text message or pop up on your screen will claim that this ‘gold’ service is used by top celebrities and has elite features like video calling, the ability to send multiple pictures at the same time etc. Many Whatsapp users have reported receiving the so called “exclusive” offer via their messenger app.
But sadly it does not exist. The link to download this “premium” service is in fact a link that downloads dangerous malware on to your phone. Once downloaded then fraudsters have access to all the sensitive information on your mobile phone. This information may then be used to obtain your financial data, commit identity theft and/or be sold on to other criminals.
The easiest ways to Spot That it’s a Scam?
- Poor spelling, grammar, syntax e.g. floating commas and necessary capitalisation.
- It does not come directly from WhatsApp i.e. an in-app message and you need to go to an external site to download.
Already Fallen Victim?
- If you have already fallen victim to this invite, make sure you delete the ‘upgrade’ app immediately. Uninstall the program, run a virus check and change all your passwords. You may also want to consider handing any information over to WhatsApp in order to help them combat this issue.
- If this has happened to you and you have lost out financially then contact Action Fraud as well as the financial institutions involved as soon as possible.
>>>>>>>> Read: How To Spot A Fake Banknote
It is not yet known exactly how many people have received this dubious offer but many have taken to Twitter to warn others of the scam.
The bottom line is that if you receive one of these messages offering you an upgrade of any kind do not click the link and delete it immediately.
Sadly this is not the first time criminals have taken to popular messaging service to target unsuspecting victims, it wasn’t that long ago that WhatsApp users reported receiving similar messages that contained legitimate-looking links as outlined in the video below:
- How To Spot A Fake Banknote
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- How to Hack Amazon for 75-99% Discounts
- 5 Ways Greed Is Making You Poor
- The Extreme Lengths People Go To In Order To Save Money
I would love to hear your thoughts…
Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever received this type of invite and what did you do about it?
Please share your experiences and / or comments below.