ALL WhatsApp users are warned to be on the lookout for dangerous type of scam text.
Crooks now pose as Whatsapp Support to get you to hand over private information.
Messaging apps are popular with scammers looking to steal your information or money.
Popular WhatsApp blog WABetaInfo now warns users of fake “support accounts”.
These scammers use profile pictures that look official and verified.
But there is an easy way to confirm whether the account is real or not.
Real Meta Own WhatsApp Support has a green verified tick next to the name.
This verified badge is not available to crooks.
But they might try to trick you by placing the badge on their profile picture.
If you get a notification from an account like this, ignore it and delete the message immediately.
Or they might even be brave enough to ask for your credit card information to avoid being banned from WhatsApp.
These are complete scams, so ignore them – don’t reply or share any information.
You can also block and report the scammer from within WhatsApp, which will alert the real support team about the issue.
If someone ever asks for your login code or bank details over WhatsApp, be very careful and don’t answer.
WhatsApp security tips
Concerned about your online security?
Here are three WhatsApp security settings this might help protect you…
It is very important to lock your WhatsApp separately on your iPhone.
This means that people using your phone cannot read your texts.
To set this up you need to go to your WhatsApp settings.
Then click on “Account” and then on “Privacy”.
From here you can either turn on the “Screen lock” using Touch ID or Face ID.
You can also select a duration when the ID will be required again.
Now when you open the app, you will be asked for your fingerprints or a picture of your face to verify that you are really reading your private chats.
You can still read and quickly reply to messages in your notification window, so the tool isn’t foolproof.
You can also receive WhatsApp calls.
You can turn off all message previews in your iPhone settings at any time.
WhatsApp self-deleting texts
WhatsApp also has a recently added feature that automatically self-destructs new texts after a day.
The new update aims to improve your privacy – by destroying old WhatsApp messages.
You can set the disappearance of messages to automatically turn on for all new chats — without affecting existing conversations.
Also added two new durations for disappearing messages, 24 hours and 90 days.
So you can now choose from a total of four options: 24 hours, 7 days, 90 days or off.
Go to Settings > Account > Privacy and then enable the default message timer.
Two-step WhatsApp verification
Finally, you should now enable two-step verification.
This is an extra step in verifying your phone number to keep hackers out.
Hackers regularly try to break into WhatsApp accounts.
Hijacking a WhatsApp account is an easy way to gain the trust of your friends and family, which allows for even more sinister scams to be carried out.
To turn on 2-Step Verification, go to Settings > Account and toggle the setting to On.
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