WhatsApp has more than 900 million users from all over the globe, and you probably are one of them. If you are, and you are reading this, you are very lucky, and you need to take this very serious.
According to the Better Business Bureau, there is a serious scam doing rounds, and the BBB has been very specific that the scam is targeting users of this world-renowned messaging app. It is not the first time scammers are targeting WhatsApp users; however, this is a new way of doing things with respect to these hackers. The BBB reports that there are fake emails being sent to thousands of people using this app, with the scam attempting to lure more and more users with a very simple message that comes in disguised as an “Incoming Voice Message.”
Warning: Don’t dare open WhatsApp incoming voice message
The scam that has disguised itself as an incoming voice message only requires users to open it. It then starts spreading all over the device, infecting it with malware that gives the hackers partial or full access to your WhatsApp account and device as well.
So, how does the new WhatsApp scam work?
The BBB has put forward details of how the newly discovered WhatsApp scam works. According to them, users will receive a new email that appears to be coming from WhatsApp. The subject line of this message will be “Incoming Voice Message” and it prompts the user to open it and listen to it. Once it is opened, it displays a “missed voicemail” message with a button for playing the message.
The email has disguised itself with a WhatsApp logo as well as colors, which makes it very easy for anyone to fall into the trap. This email is the one that downloads and spreads the hacker’s intended malware onto your device and gives them access to whatever they feel like.
Be warned that opening this message may allow these hackers to access your personal information or even lock you out of your device. You wouldn’t want to be restricted from using a device you bought with your hard-earned cash, do you? So, stay off such messages with a headline of “Incoming Voice Message.”
WhatsApp confirmed that they never contact anyone directly, unless they are responding to a user request. As such, users should note that any email claiming to be from WhatsApp is not legit. Remember, WhatsApp has over 900 million users all over the world, and this has made it an easy target, especially for the innocent ones that know little about such matters of cyber criminals.
A recent example is the case of a ransomware malware that was discovered by security firm Check Point. This malware installs on one’s device, takes control of everything and then demands money to relinquish the control back to the owner. The problem was taken care of by the developers in a recent update.