WhatsApp users should beware of this nasty scam that allows hackers to take control of your account in minutes! Know how to save yourself from this WhatsApp scam.
WhatsApp users are once again in danger of a horrific scam! This new scam can even lock you out of your WhatsApp account via a phone. If you make the mistake of picking up this random phone call, your WhatsApp account will lock you out. Not only this, the online scammer can easily hijack your account and access the contact list and even read the chats. In short, once you pick up this alarming call from the online fraudster, your account can easily be taken over by them! The bad thing is that hackers can perform this nasty attack within minutes. The new WhatsApp scam was highlighted by Rahul Sasi, the founder and CEO of CloudSEk in a LinkedIn post, who explained the implications of this WhatsApp scam.
How Does This WhatsApp Scam Work?
The scam starts with your phone number! Once the attacker finds your phone number, you will be called using some technique. WhatsApp users get a call from hackers instructing them to call another number to take advantage or avoid a pitfall related to their (bank) account. And whoever follows the instruction, the victims will be immediately banned from their accounts. Also Read: WhatsApp To Introduce ‘Undo’ Button For Deleted Messages SOON!
Bleeping Computer explained that hackers send a one-time verification password (OTP) along with the forwarded call. Once online scammers get this OTP, they can easily access the WhatsApp account by registering it on their device and then using two-factor authentication.
How can you save yourself from this WhatsApp scam?
Fortunately, there are some easy ways that you can protect yourself from these daunting WhatsApp scams and protect your account from being locked and hacked. By simply enabling the two-factor authentication, you are better protected against such online attacks.
However, it is recommended that you be aware of all unsolicited text messages or phone calls from unknown numbers and not get caught in the trap. You should never share your personal or financial information with anyone.