There is a WhatsApp verification Messages scam, specifically affecting users belonging from UAE. Many WhatsApp accounts are hacked with this verification code. Basically, a scammer sends a code to users and asks him to reply by clicking a link. In order to save people of UAE, the Telecommunication authority has issued a notice on Twitter warning people not to reply to any code verification message unless it is sent by the messaging platform itself.
People are Fooled by WhatsApp verification messages Scam
Usually, when you install WhatsApp for the first time on your device, the company sends you a verification code to cross check whether you are the owner of the phone or not. However this time, it’s not the company but scammer.
According to a report, many WhatsApp accounts are already hacked. According to tech advisors, this phenomenon is called social engineering which only causes harm to people by reaching their private information. While telling about this WhatsApp scam, Nicolai Solling, Chief Technology Officer at security solutions provider Help AG Middle East said that:
“Scammers have hacked many accounts globally and their main intention is to gain control over WhatsApp accounts. What the scammer does is that he or she sends you a code on WhatsApp and tells the user to reply by clicking a link to verify the phone number,”
This is not the first time WhatsApp is targeted by scammers, the list of WhatsApp scams is so long that it cannot be imagined. However, this one is quite interesting: SCAM SCAP: WhatsApp ‘Martinelli’ Warning will WIPE your Phone.