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Top 5 WhatsApp Scams You Must Pay Attention To!

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As WhatsApp adds its billionth user, we take a look at some of the common scams and tricks virtual conmen try using the messaging service

WhatsApp now has a billion users. To put it another way, one in six of the world’s population is using the messaging service. That’s a lot of people.

It also means it’s a honeytrap for scammers. You just need to con a tiny fraction of these users to make serious money.

Fraudsters using WhatsApp often try to persuade you to hand over details that can be used in identity theft, such as your name and address.

Other scams will try to install malware – malicious software – on your phone. This effectively spies on you and collects information that can be used for sinister purposes.

A third type of tricksters just start charging you for services that should be free.

So what should we be looking out for?

1. The voicemail

You’ve been left a voicemail. But what is it? You just need to press the helpfully large ‘Listen’ button to hear the message.

But rather than revealing a mystery caller, the button leads you to a dodgy website that tries to install malware on your phone.

The website Hoax Slayer says : “Be wary of any email that claims that you have a voice message from WhatsApp and should click a button to hear it.

“Genuine WhatsApp voice messages will be delivered via the app itself, not via a separate email.”

 

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