WHATSAPP users need to beware of dangerous scam text that hacks you in seconds.
Luckily, it’s easy to spot — but incredibly easy to fall for.
One of the smartest ways to gain access to someone else’s WhatsApp account is by using a verification code scam.
Normally you will receive an SMS from WhatsApp with a login code.
This is a two-factor authentication code you can use to log into your account – because it proves you have the phone number.
Then you will receive a WhatsApp message from a friend or family member.
It says something along the lines of, “Hey! I accidentally sent you my WhatsApp login code. Could you please send it back to me?”
Never reply to this message.
What happened is that a stranger hacked the account of one of your contacts.
You tried to log in as you and now you need your two-factor code.
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So if you send it to them, they can log in as you – and boot you from your own account.
You can then wreak havoc on your WhatsApp and even use the same scam to hack more of your friends and family.
It is such a clever scam because it relies on a friend or family member asking you a favor.
And it’s not always immediately apparent how sending the code could put you at risk. After all, you didn’t even request the code.
That’s why this nefarious scam is so effective – and one of the most common WhatsApp downsides.
Don’t fall for it
If you ever get a message asking for your WhatsApp verification code, just ignore it completely.
It might also be worth telling the hacked friend that they’ve been compromised – using an app other than WhatsApp.
Once you’re compromised, make sure you immediately attempt to log in and kick the other person out.
If you can remove the hacker, he will need a new code to get in again.
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