Sat. Jul 20th, 2024

Cybersecurity experts from Action Fraud have issued a warning to WhatsApp users about new fraud risks targeting access to their accounts.

Scammers operate complex techniques, deluding victims that they are part of existing chat groups and using fake profile images and names.

Scammers try to trick users into transferring money or obtaining personal and financial information.

Fraudsters lure victims by sending a one-time passcode (OTP) claiming it is necessary to join fake group calls, and then ask victims to share that code with them to “record” them in the call.

This step enables fraudsters to register the victim’s account on another device and take control of it, as a WhatsApp spokesperson advised all users to activate the verification feature to enhance the security of their accounts, stressing the importance of not sharing their PIN, even with relatives or friends.

Action Fraud recommends verifying the identity of callers with a voice recording request, as an effective way to confirm identities in the event of suspicious messages, even if they appear to come from trusted acquaintances.

 

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