The Rise of the online scam – again!
Online scams are nothing new, but worryingly, we’re hearing of more and more cases.
Whatsapp scams have existed for years, but regularly go through periods of resurgence. The most recent resurgence features a text message scam, with a 6 digit code.
Usually you would need this code when setting up a new account, or logging in to your existing account on a new device. However, if you have not initiated this request, it could be a scammer trying to log in to your account.
The scammer sends you a WhatsApp message asking for the six-digit code. If your account is hijacked, the scammer could have access to your friends and family list, and pose as yourself to ask for money.
It’s not just Whatsapp
Unfortunately Whatsapp scams aren’t the only scams on the rise. The Coronavirus pandemic has given flight to a huge amount of scams, from fraudulent WHO emails asking you to click onto links, to ‘Government’ messages with phishing attachments which may ask you to:
- give sensitive information, such as usernames or passwords
- click a malicious link
- open a malicious attachment.
- Using this method, criminals can install malware or steal sensitive information
How can you protect Yourself?
In a statement, WhatsApp said: “The safety and security of our users and their messages are really important to us. However, just like regular SMS or phone calls, it’s possible for other WhatsApp users who have your phone number to contact you.”
Ways you can stay safe:
- never give a password or SMS security code to anybody – not even friends or family
- enable two-step verification for an extra layer of protection
- be vigilant if you receive a message asking you for money. If in doubt, call your friend or family member to check
- Do not rush or feel under pressure! Cybercriminals use emergencies such as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic to get people to make decisions quickly.
- Be careful when providing personal information. Always consider why someone wants your information and if it is appropriate. There is no reason someone would need your username & password to access public information.
If you gave sensitive information, don’t panic. If you believe you have given data such as your username or passwords to cybercriminals, immediately change your credentials on each site where you have used them, or give us a call, and we can help!
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