WHATSAPP is used by billions of people – and any of them could be the target of dangerous text.
Some fraudulent messages can wreak havoc on your life.
We’ve rounded up three of the most dangerous text cons you can come across Whatsapp.
“Hi mom, it’s me”
One of the most disturbing WhatsApp texts is one that starts with “Hi mom/dad, it’s me”.
It is the beginning of a scam to trick parents into believing they are talking to their children.
Often it will be an apology, like texting on a friend’s cell phone or from a new number.
But your own child’s WhatsApp may even have been compromised to pull off the scam.
The scammer requests a large sum of money to pay an urgent bill.
But it’s a total scam.
If your “kid” sends you a message asking for money, make sure you acknowledge the request in some other way — for example, by calling or in person.
Some ignorant parents have been cheated out of thousands using this method.
“Can you send me my code?”
Another scam commonly used by crooks works through verification codes.
These are one-time codes that you can use to log into WhatsApp or any other service.
A scammer tells you that they accidentally sent you their login code.
They will then ask you to send it to them.
This is not true: you actually requested your own login code and are asking for it.
Sending them the code will allow them to log into your accounts and potentially give them access to chats, private photos, your money, and more.
Never text anyone a verification code.
Too good to be true
A third common WhatsApp scam is a deal that’s just too good to be true.
These common scams usually offer free beer or cheap iPhones – something that is very tempting.
And they work with a link that takes you to what appears to be an official website.
But it’s really just a data collection operation.
At best, you could lose some personal information that is resold.
And worst-case scenario, you could lose access to important online accounts or even money.
The best method is to always verify the deal with the actual point of sale.
Don’t click the link: it might take you to an official-looking website.
Instead, navigate directly to the dealer and check the offer there.
You can even check with customer service if you are tempted but suspicious.
However, always try to avoid entering personal information in a link sent via WhatsApp.
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