From fake versions of the application to dangerous links, scams on the popular WhatsApp in the pandemic have flourished …
Security experts warned last month against an unofficial version of the application that guarantees ‘additional options’ but actually introduces a malicious virus into the phone.
It’s used to activate ads, buy subscriptions and intercept messages, they say from Kaspersky Lab, and this fraudulent version of Whatsapp is called FMWHatsapp.
WhatsApp users have recently been notified of a scam by which criminals want to get money and pretend to be someone you know.
One example is a woman in Britain who received a message from her ‘son’ that his phone had fallen into the toilet bowl and that it was his new number. From that number, she received a request for urgent payment the next day, which she happily suspected, so she did not pay the money.
Experts recommend that you personally hear from contacts who send you unusual requests via WhatsApp before any move.
Another situation where great care is required is messages that give delivery details.
Scammers pretend to be a delivery service and ask to be clicked on dangerous links where details such as those of bank cards are entered.
This form of fraud has flourished especially in the pandemic, and it is advisable to check the link and email from which the requests come.