Being vigilant in this digital age is very important. You have to be on guard to notice when you’re being duped online. The anonymity and impersonal touch of the online world has given rise to many scammers and catfishers who hunt for people to lull into a false sense of security before getting away with their professional information and emptying their bank accounts. One such fraudster is now making rounds on the messaging app WhatsApp.
A recent message on WhatsApp has raised red flags about a fraudster. The issue was highlighted at WABetaInfo, the WhatsApp blog, wherein the issue, as well as screenshots from a Discord user, was shared. According to the blog, the Discord user came across a message from an account pretending to be WhatsApp Support on the app, and on the grounds of his suspicion of a fake, he immediately reported the contact. The profile picture on this contact is of a verified badge to better fool people and it tries to get personal information from you for their gain.
The Signs and Safety Rules
The fraud account will try to ask you for your private information, like a six-digit code or the two-step verification PIN needed to get into your WhatsApp or your credit card info. The blog also elaborated on how to be safe from these scammers. The first step is to know that the official WhatsApp support account will have a verified tick badge next to their contact name. Secondly, it stressed the fact that WhatsApp chat support would never willingly ask you for any personal information. When faced with such a situation, the blog advises to immediately block and report the fake contact within their chat info. The last five messages are shared with the WhatsApp moderation team, and after an investigation, necessary steps are taken to remove the fraud account.