There's a WhatsApp Scam that takes over your account
Here's what you need to know to avoid it.
1.5 billion of us use WhatsApp - its one the most popular messenger apps in the world. Now there's an old scam that is doing the rounds again. If you've recently got a new phone you might remember the process it takes you through when you install WhatsApp. You enter your phone number and then receive a code by sms to verify its you. Once the code is entered you're all set up and messages start coming through.
If one of your contact's have already had their phone hijacked you might receive a message from your friend (actually the scam artist) saying they've been locked out of their account, can they forward this one time code to them. Whats actually happening is you're forwarding them the code to hijack your account.
Simple Rule: never forward on one-time codes you receive via SMS
For added security there is a setting in WhatsApp where you can set up your own 6 digit pin. You can also add an email address as a secondar backup. You'll find these under Settings/Account in the app. Its a great security feature and takes just a minute.
This WhatsApp Scam is a prime example of Social Engineering where we're tricked into giving away confidential linformation like passwords or financial details. When its done well, we only realise we've been socially engineered once its too late. These extra layers of security to there to protect us for times when our guard isn't up. Take care.
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