Hackers never stop taking advantage of people’s naivety, always finding new ways to trick them to click on links that send them to malicious websites. When you’re new to WhatsApp and you don’t know the rules, the chance to get a virus on your smartphone is very high, as you’ll tend to open every message that “seems” to be sent by the application’s developers or from friends. So, beware of the latest scam that has made a lot of victims, but more about it we’ll tell you below.
Right from the start we’ll tell you that WhatsApp’s representatives will never try to contact you to ask personal information or to click on dubious links. A new scam has been circulated recently, convincing users to open malware that was sent by “friends”. So, if you’ll see a link which that appears to be from one of your friends, don’t click on it, because it will send you to a discount page where you’ll be asked to give your personal details. You won’t suspect that the website is fake, but you’ll realize too late that you’ve infected your phone with malware and the hacker got his hands on your personal information.
David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab has said that the hackers are using various languages to contact their victims. “It “speaks” several languages so the attacks can be customized for each market” and “The message convinces the user to forward the message to 10 contacts, so he/she can receive a certain promotion (such as £5 discount at Starbucks, Zara etc)”.
Now that WhatsApp has removed the $0.99 annual subscription, the number of WhatsApp users will be increased by the day. Now, there are 1 billion people who are logging into their accounts every day to chat with their friends and not all of them know how to protect themselves against scammers who want to get rich off their backs. Because of that, the number of hackers will increase as well and will continue to send suspicious links that send to websites that promise to offer discounts, but only if the users give their private data.