Do You Use WhatsApp? Be Aware
The newest WhatsApp scam comes in the form of a message. This is happening all around the globe, you can be tricked into buying a fake subscription. You are sent a message stating that your current subscription has expired.
The message attempts to get you to tap on a strange link to verify your subscription and tries to get you to pay .99 GDP providing you a link to tap on to accomplish this. WhatsApp is a very large messaging system used by more than a billion users around the globe.
WhatsApp users are advised not to respond if you receive this kind of message from an unknown number you are strongly advised to block the number. WhatsApp is a free messaging app, the crooks are relying on the user not being aware of that.
Users Send The Warning On Twitter
There are several users that took to Twitter to warn others about the new messaging scam being used, above is a screen shot of a tweet gotten from Twitter.com. So again if you receive this message on WhatsApp delete it immediately and block the sender.
The user who sent it will most likely not be in your contacts so you need to open the WhatsApp conversation and click on block. If you did receive it from one of your contacts you can block them as well just go to the WhatsApp home screen click on the menu button, select Settings, Go to Account, Go to Privacy, Select ‘Blocked contacts’. Then add that contact to your Blocked list.
You can also report the user that sent it under the spam category. If you already clicked on the link not knowing you should use an anti-virus program on your device as soon as possible to make sure you have not been infected by any form of malware.
Here is a clip from WhatsApp.com FAQ section
Unwanted messages from unauthorized third parties come in many forms, such as spam, hoax and phishing messages. All these types of messages are broadly defined as unsolicited messages from unauthorized third parties that try to deceive you and prompt you to act in a certain way.
Here is the link to their page. https://www.whatsapp.com/faq/en/general/28030005. I recommend going to the link and reading the page. Avoid being scammed. Crooks are getting better educated with all the tools available in the digital world. Always check out this kind of thing with the app’s website never click on anything until you know.
As always get educated not scammed. Please leave comments below to help others.