WhatsApp scams: what are the most common deception strategies

WhatsApp is the target of new scams, before a universe of more than 2,000 million users, which makes it very attractive for thieves

One of the most popular social networks in recent times, thanks to its communication and messaging service, is WhatsApp. And just as his fame is great, he is also the perfect target for those looking to scam people. Its more than 2,000 million users make it attractive.

WhatsApp is not a service that does not have filters, that is, that do not have security codes. However, you already know that when it comes to stealing, scammers can bypass all security controls, such as end-to-end encryption, which ensures that only you and the person with whom you are messaging , you can see the conversations.

At Solo Dinero we want to inform you about the most recent scams that have been detected in this messaging service. You have to know that scams will always be headed by a stranger, who many times will pose as someone you know. Taking this into account, the main scams are:

1.- When they tell you that a loved one needs you

They pretend to be someone you know so that you can help them financially. They tell you that this person is in trouble, that they have been taken to jail or that he urgently needs you to send him money. Obviously it is a lie, but many end up falling.

Before making a transfer, contact the person they tell you they are directly and make sure they are really in trouble.

2.- WhatsApp verification scam

WhatsApp uses two-factor authentication to protect your account by receiving a six-digit code on your cell phone so you can access your account. If you didn’t ask for this verification, then it may be a sign that someone is trying to hijack your account.

3.- WhatsApp Gold

This scam is known because they offer you to get WhatsApp Gold membership. They will promise you that it is an exclusive version, that it has many more features and they will even deceive you by saying that it is the most used by celebrities and high level people. They tell you that if you don’t update it, your phone will be hacked. This information is completely false.

4.- WhatsApp coupon scam

Links may be sent to you for coupons and special offers. But they are links that take you to have your account hacked. Then ignore them.

Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.