WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world with over 2 billion users. Thanks to its huge user base, it has also become a breeding ground for scammers and hackers involved in malicious activities. According to a recent report, there is currently a WhatsApp scam that allows an attacker to take control of a user’s WhatsApp account. Check out the details below now!
Beware of this New WhatsApp Call Scam!
According to a recent report by Gizchinaciting cybersecurity firm CloudSEK, a new scam currently targeting random WhatsApp users, lets an attacker take full control of their WhatsApp account with just a phone call. Once an attacker gets their hands on a WhatsApp account, they can demand money from the user’s WhatsApp contacts†
The new scam was recently discovered by Rahul Sasi, the founder and CEO of CloudSEK. According to him, the hacker’s primary goal is to: randomly call an unsuspecting WhatsApp user and try to convince them to call a specific number† Unfortunately, if a user calls the number according to the attacker’s instructions, they will be logged out of their WhatsApp account and the hacker can take control.
“Once the hacker gains access to the account, he demands money from the victim’s contacts. In this way, the hacker cheats on the victim’s WhatsApp contacts before they even realize that they have lost control of their account. As service providers around the world, use numbers beginning with ’67’ or ‘405’; victims tend to call without hesitation”, explained Sasi.
This is not the only WhatsApp scam discovered. Last year, we saw multiple WhatsApp threats and scams, including one that could allow an attacker to take remote control of a user’s device, on the platform. So the existence of the new scam is not very surprising.
How To Avoid This Scam, there is currently no other way but to avoid unknown WhatsApp calls† As a user, you should also always be aware of these scams and let other users in your fraternity know about them. So, we recommend that you share this news with your colleagues and family to let them know about the new WhatsApp scam and warn them not to answer unknown calls.