Title: New WhatsApp Scams. How to protect yourself from scammers?
description: WhatsApp is struggling once again. It turns out that users of this platform are becoming victims of scams more and more often. WhatsApp scams are not new and we as users are already used to it. It seems that the new WhatsApp scam is already known by some users.
What is this scam?
The new WhatsApp scam often misleads users. Users receive a text message with a one-time password. They then receive a WhatsApp message from a friend in their contact list, asking users to provide them with an OTP code. With the OTP code in hand, fraudsters can hack into your WhatsApp account. Worse, this logs you out of your account, giving hackers unlimited access to your WhatsApp account, contacts, and other important details. Similar scams could be observed some time ago. Some time ago, hackers could gain access to your account and block you from accessing it. Since the message is from someone you know, it is truly believable.
So let's be very careful.
The new WhatsApp scam can be very hard to spot.
What to do to be careful?
Step 1: Never share any OTP code. Whether it's a bank-related code or an account verification code, never share it with anyone. Given that you wouldn't ask for a WhatsApp code in the first place, you don't need to share your one-time password with anyone.
Step 2: Call a friend or contact. Since the scam involves people in your contact, it can be quite persuasive. You can always call the friend from whom you received the message to confirm. If it's a scam, they would naturally say they didn't send you any code. This also brings us to the question - why would anyone send a verification code to your number at all!
keywords: WhatsApp, hackers, extortion, fraud, app