How to avoid WhatsApp scams? Five effective tips
With over two billion users, WhatsApp is a huge potential target for scammers. In December 2022, it was revealed that a database containing more than 500 million WhatsApp accounts was put up for sale on the dark web.
WhatsApp users run the risk of being scammed. Scammers don't usually target specific users, they use a trial and error method. Generally, they try their strategy on a few people, hoping to fool some people. Most of the time they are successful. Authorities around the world have received reports of fraud, reporting millions of dollars in damage.
You just received a text message with an unsolicited authentication code claiming to have been sent from Microsoft, Google or even WhatsApp with the beep sound on your phone. You ignore this message, but then with a second "beep beep" a WhatsApp message from someone in your contacts catches your attention. It looks like the code was sent to you by mistake.
A similar scenario can arise when someone you don't know claims to have "mixed up some of your number". The scammer's goal is to gain access to your online account, which requires an SMS code for authentication. If you share this code, the scammer will steal your information and even impersonate you.
How can we protect ourselves?
Avoid giving your personal information to people you don't know. Do not transfer funds without verifying whether this request is genuine. For example, if your friend sends you a message asking for money, call him and hear his voice.