Hi Mum, WhatsApp Scam Threatens Users

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Security experts warn about a WhatsApp scam that presents a significant and immediate threat, potentially handing hackers complete control over your account. WhatsApp, a widely used social media platform, has become a prime hunting ground for scammers who employ sophisticated tactics, including sending deceptive messages and soliciting money. One particularly cunning scheme involves sending messages like ‘Hi Mum’ to parents, tricking them into thinking their child is reaching out.

The latest scam tactic, particularly alarming, involves perpetrators seeking access to a verification code. If they obtain this code, they could gain unauthorized access to your WhatsApp account. This insidious scam is currently in circulation, posing a significant threat that could result in scammers assuming control of your account.

The scheme typically commences with the reception of a seemingly legitimate text message from WhatsApp containing a verification code, as reported by Bristol Live. If you haven’t initiated a login attempt yourself, this could signify that fraudsters have inputted your number into WhatsApp to trigger the verification code message. Subsequently, one of your WhatsApp contacts may reach out to you within the app, often with a fabricated narrative to coax you into divulging the verification code. They might falsely claim to have mistakenly entered your number.

Many have fallen victim to this ruse due to the sender’s familiarity. Consequently, they share the verification code, unwittingly enabling fraudsters to seize control of their accounts. According to reports, once scammers exploit this vulnerability, they identify the victim’s closest contacts from their message history and may solicit money or sensitive information. They could also extract personal details about you and your contacts from your messages.

This pilfered information could be exploited in various ways, potentially leading to the breach of other critical accounts, the perpetration of further scams, or even engagement in blackmail. Scammers will likely replicate this tactic with verification codes to access additional accounts, making the situation even more perilous.

To safeguard your WhatsApp account:

  • Refrain from sharing your login details or verification code with anyone, even trusted individuals.
  • Implement two-step verification to fortify your account’s security.
  • Report spam messages or block the sender on WhatsApp promptly.
  • Exercise caution regarding WhatsApp messages soliciting money, even if they seem to be from contacts. If uncertain, verify the purported sender through a quick call.
  • If you suspect you’ve disclosed sensitive information to fraudsters, promptly inform your bank. 

Staying one step ahead is the key to a safe and secure travel experience in the digital age. For top-notch social media security, stay vigilant against online fraud and prioritize safeguarding your account’s privacy. Dive deeper into cyber consumer concerns and discover the best protection practices by accessing our interactive mobile app, FRAUDSTER, which is compatible with Apple and Android devices. Explore further at www.FraudsterApp.com.

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Terry Cutler

I’m Terry Cutler, the creator of Internet Safety University, an educational system helping to defend corporations and individuals against growing cyber threats. I’m a federal government-cleared cybersecurity expert (a Certified Ethical Hacker), and the founder of Cyology Labs, a first-line security defence firm headquartered in Montréal, Canada. In 2020, I wrote a bestselling book about the secrets of internet safety from the viewpoint of an ethical hacker. I’m a frequent contributor to National & Global media coverage about cyber-crime, spying, security failures, internet scams, and social network dangers families and individuals face daily.