By posing as friends and asking for SMS security codes, fraudsters hijack WhatsApp user accounts. This way, WhatsApp users have been cheating for years, but many still fall for it. Some of the victims shared their stories with others on social media.
Users should never give their security codes to anyone, even if they appear to be friends, says WhatsApp.
If users get six-digit WhatsApp codes they didn’t expect, they should be concerned. When you register a new account or log in to an existing one on a new device, such codes are normal. However, if the code is obtained unexpectedly, without user request, it may be a fraud trying to gain access to your account.
The scammer will then send you a message on WhatsApp asking for the code. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the code is not shared with anyone, even when the message appears to be from a friend or family member.
One of the victims, Charlie, told the BBC that he received a message on WhatsApp from his good friend Michelle, who wrote to him that her account was blocked because she mistakenly sent the access code to his number instead of her own and asked him to take a picture of him and sends her. Charlie actually gave the scammer a code for his account.
He said that he came across it because he wanted to help his friend. Charlie stated that he deleted WhatsApp and will not use it anymore.
Scammers can pretend to be you and send messages to friends and family on your behalf using a stolen account. They could say you are in a financial crisis and beg your contacts for money. With the phone numbers of your contacts, they can try a trick with six-digit codes on new victims. By gaining access to your account, the fraudster will be able to see sensitive information in your chats.
WhatsApp advises users to be careful not to reveal their one-time password (OTP) or SMS security code to anyone, not even friends and relatives. It is also recommended to allow two-step verification for added security.
Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.
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