WhatsApp is one of the most famous messaging application in the world. Currently, it has almost 1.5 billion users each month. However at the same time WhatsApp warns users about scam messages.
This app is getting more stronger user base than its rivals and more than 65bn messages are sent every day on the WhatsApp. As it’s usage is increasing day by day, so hackers are also taking benefit of it and sends nefarious WhatsApp scams.
WhatsApp Warns Users about Scam Messages
Few days back, a fake voucher that was being spread on WhatsApp to steal users’ sensitive details. Now this time WhatApp users are being put on alert about another WhatsApp threat.
This time users will simply get messages from someone claiming to be a friend of a friend. He or she will claim to have get a new number when they start the conversation. Once they start conversation their twisted motives will soon become clear.
That person will offer to send a picture of themselves when WhatsApp user ask about the identity. When they do send a picture it will be a hyperlink. When WhatsApp user click on it and open it. It will show pornographic images. However, this scammer is specifically targeting children on WhatsApp.
However, WhatsApp is working on it and soon the company will overcome this scam. WhatsApp offers online advice on what users should do when they receive these kind of messages.
The advice from WhatsApp states:
“You may have received spam from an unauthorised third party and not WhatsApp. We work diligently to reduce any spam messages that come through our system. Creating a safe space for users to communicate with one another is a priority.
WhatsApp says that always prefer to block when you receive messages from unknown persons offering you reward or gift. The company further says that users should avoid the message content includes instructions to forward the message.