WhatsApp wants to warn you about messaging scams
WhatsApp wants to warn you about messaging scams

WhatsApp wants to warn you about messaging scams

WhatsApp wants to warn you about messaging scams

WhatsApp is launching a new initiative to educate people on how to protect themselves from message-based scams.

“Stop. Think. Call.” The campaign launched in the UK has joined forces with comedian Joel Domett – who was once the victim of a scam in which he was catfished and blackmailed – and Friends Against Scams, the national organization to protect people from scams in England and Wales Trading Standards Initiative.

Messaging scams are on the rise, with 59 per cent of British people saying they’ve received a message-based scam in the past year, according to WhatsApp research carried out by Opinion. The findings also revealed that these scams are most prevalent in SMS text messages (46 percent) and WhatsApp (13 percent).

So, what exactly is STOP. Thinking. call. really mean? According to WhatsApp, STOP requires five takes before answering. “Make sure you have WhatsApp two-step verification turned on to protect your account; that you’re happy with your privacy settings, and that your six-digit PIN is secure.”

The Think step asks you to consider: “Does this request make sense? Are they asking you to share a PIN code they sent you? Are they asking for money?”

The call phase involves calling the number to verify the identity of the sender – is the message really from a friend or relative, as it’s supposed to be? “Only when you’re 100 percent sure the request is from someone you know and trust should you consider it. If it turns out to be untrue, report it with Action Fraud.”

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In recent months, messaging scams have taken the form of WhatsApp texts that begin with “Hey mom, it’s me”. Earlier this year, a WhatsApp scam involved scammers posing as people’s friends to ask for SMS security codes before hijacking their accounts. Police have issued a warning about WhatsApp scams that target elderly people, often posing as family members, asking for money. In one of the most widely reported scams in recent months, people received SMS messages claiming to be Royal Mail (the UK’s postal service), advising people to pay shipping charges.

WhatsApp does its job by protecting its users’ personal messages with end-to-end encryption – it can’t see your private messages, but it should be noted that it does share your metadata with Facebook for advertising purposes. shares.

“We want to remind people that we all have a role to play in keeping our accounts safe by being vigilant against the threat of scammers,” Catherine Harnett, policy manager for WhatsApp, said in a statement. “We advise all users not to share their six-digit PIN code with others, not even with friends or family, and recommend that all users set up two-step verification for added security.”

“If you receive a suspicious message (even if you think you know who it is), calling or requesting a voice note is the fastest and easiest way to verify someone is who they say they are.” That’s who they are. A friend in need is a friend worth calling” said Harnett.

If you are concerned about being targeted by scams, independent free consumer advice organization Citizens Advice Scams Action urges people to visit their website to get help with online scams. If you have been the victim of a payment scam, you should contact your bank immediately if you have handed over your details, and report the incident to your local police station, Action Fraud (for England, Wales and Northern Ireland) Can Ireland) or Police Scotland (for Scotland).