- On August 14, 2018
- By admin
WhatsApp is one of a growing number of messaging apps which allow smartphones, tablets, and computers to send messages and have live video chats using an internet connection. It does not use the phone’s text allowance which means you can get unlimited text messaging and calling if connect to Wi-Fi. These are the main reasons why WhatsApp is getting more popular through its free service.
That being said, the number of scammers on WhatsApp have also increased due to its accessibility. As long as they have your phone number, they can contact you through WhatsApp. They usually obtain phone numbers from random number generators or purchased illegally from companies who leak out the data. They will then proceed to start a conversation with you to try and perform a scam.
One way to spot these scammers is that you will notice the phone number is not saved on your device. Also, the phone number might not have the same country code as yours or the message is not in a language that you can read. From this you can deduce that the contact does not belong to any mutual acquaintance.
If the message does appear in your language, the main focus of the message is to advertise a website which you can visit and win prizes. Clicking the link will cause you to be redirected to a fake website which will try to steal your private information or download a virus. They might also advertise a WhatsApp hack which will allow you to spy on other WhatsApp accounts. If you do procced, you may end up with an app that does nothing, and you are charged with a heavy subscription fee.
From this, it is safe to assume that any strange messages we receive on WhatsApp should not be responded to no matter how attractive the advertisements are. You can also reduce them by refusing you share your phone online on social media and ask your colleagues not no give out aimlessly your phone number.