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There’s A New WhatsApp Scam You Need To Look Out For

by : Tom Percival on : 04 Feb 2016 14:59
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There’s a new WhatsApp scam that could potentially infect your phone with malware and let scammers get a hold of your private information.

The latest WhatsApp scam sees con-artists send you dodgy links which seem like they’re coming from your friends.

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BT warn that these links show up as part of a regular conversation with a friend, and if you click them take you to a discount page which then asks for your personal details.

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If you fall for the trick and click through to get the discount vouchers, your phone will be infected with malware, which will allow scammers to get hold of sensitive information.

The telecommunication giant say you should always be careful about clicking on links sent via WhatsApp, and there are a few red flags to keep an eye out for.

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These include:

  • Instructions to forward a message
  • Suggestions that your account could be suspended if you don’t forward a message
  • Promises of a reward if you click through

All of these are common in scam messages, so by taking the time to see if a message is legit you can keep you and your data safe.

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Tom Percival

More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism. Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV. He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.

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    Watch out for the WhatsApp scam messages from your 'friends'