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I was hit by a dangerous WhatsApp scam – you must know the three clues that saved me

A TIKTOKER has revealed her happy escape from cunning WhatsApp scammers pretending to be her bank – and her sweet revenge.

Amanda Seimetz told followers her “cautionary true story” and how cyberthieves almost convinced her.

Teacher Amanda Seimetz said she almost fell for the trick

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Teacher Amanda Seimetz said she almost fell for the trickPhoto credit: @teacherseimetz

The 26-year-old Brazilian English teacher was randomly approached via the app by an account pretending to be her bank.

The scammers pretended she had to update details in order to pay bills and receive money.

She immediately thought it was a dizzinessso asked her to call her.

Expecting them to give up, Amanda was surprised they actually called, which briefly gave her a false sense of security.

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“I said, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t feel comfortable discussing this kind of detailed information with my bank on WhatsApp, so could you please contact me in the normal way that you normally contact me,” explained you.

“They actually called me, which honestly surprised me, I didn’t expect them to actually call me.

“So they made me think, okay, maybe it’s not cheating.

“And then, during the call, the guy says, ‘You have to click on this link and download something or update something with your information.’

“I said, ‘No, sorry, that’s definitely a scam’.”

She then did the right thing, that is, she will go straight to her bench herself instead of walking up to them.

Amanda said her developer friend took a look and realized the link the scammers wanted her to click was “wrong.”

So he helped her get revenge.

“I don’t know how he did it — but he stuffed her with a lot of stuff and swear words that I won’t say here, but it was very funny and I got my little revenge,” she continued.

“But all of this is a cautionary tale, cautionary tale true story – don’t divulge any information.

“Never give anyone any information Whatsappespecially if it is a code or an email or you never click on the link they send you.

“If they’re good enough at scamming people, if they’re good enough at cheaters, like the ones who tried to scam me, they’ll make it look very realistic, so never give any information — don’t fall for how.” I almost did.”

WhatsApp scams – what to look out for

As Amanda explained, being approached by your bank via WhatsApp is not normal and should be an immediate red flag.

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Don’t assume they’re real just because they call you – look up your bank’s official number and call them yourself if you want to be sure.

Do not open shady web links.

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