WHATSAPP has warned its users about three common tricks scammers use to trick their victims of their hard-earned money.
The online messaging giant is unveiling a brand new security page on its website to ensure its 2 billion users catch the signs of a scam before it’s too late.
According to WhatsApp, scam messages are often based on one of three things.
“Often the message is about the lottery, gambling, a job, an investment or a loan,” the company writes on its website.
“Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
If you’re approached via WhatsApp for a job you’ve never applied for or a job you’re all too dreamy about, you should be on your guard.
Scammers often use these types of messages to lure unsuspecting victims: “Would you like to make money working from home on your phone?” Hurry up and deposit $ today for a 10x return .”
Cyber criminals may also find out about a get-rich-quick scheme disguised as an investment.
According to WhatsApp, they might say something like, “Quickly double your money by investing in stocks and crypto through this app.”
With the cost of living crisis in the UK, it’s no surprise scammers are trying to take advantage of tight Brits.
Scammers will do everything they can to extort money or some form of personal information from victims – but you can’t trust them.
With the promise of a good-sounding loan, scammers might say something like, “I only lend at 3% a year, you can pay it back between 3 and 25 years.” Repayment is up to you, no real application required.”
Helen Charles, director of policy at WhatsApp EMEA, said the company hopes its new safety page will help protect users from such scams.
“We want WhatsApp to be the safest place online for private communication, and we’re always looking for new ways to help users protect themselves and their accounts,” she said.
“Whatsapp’s security page is designed to be a one-stop shop to help users learn more about the controls available to them and protect themselves from unwanted contacts on WhatsApp in a simple and straightforward way.”
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