Don't bite! Scams and scams circulating on WhatsApp right now

It is usually important to check in any application or message the veracity of what we are being asked to do. Scams can be reached by mail, through an advertisement, or a link passed to us by a friend without ill intent.

In Computer Today we usually echo the main bus and scams that are detected by the network and WhatsApp to alert users and keep an eye out. Being informed of the dangers that exist is the best way to avoid them.

If you're asked for a code or password if you're sent a link or a very tempting offer, suspect. urgency and tabloid messages are a clear sign that we are not facing a real "fast", "urgent" message, "forward it to all your contacts"...

Below we explain the main hoaxes that have been seen lately on WhatsApp and leave you a link to the full articles where you can find out about these scam campaigns. Organizations such as the Guardia Civil and the National Cybersecurity Institute of Spain (INCIBE) also tend to alert on their social networks.

The six-digit trick

WhatsApp usually requires a verification code to register a new account with your phone number. That code should not be shared with anyone, however, some cybercriminals are taking advantage of it.

They pass you through some known or "trust" contact so that you do not suspect and send you a message asking for those six digits that will have come to you by SMS. For a moment to think, if you haven't requested any new accounts to create on WhatsApp, then it means someone else is trying to create an account with your phone number without your consent.

This trick is also known as technical support. They pass for WhatsApp support and request the verification code to stop the suspicious action they claim to have detected. It's a lie they're the ones carrying out that action.

QR code

To enter the web version of WhatsApp and be able to use the application from your computer, you need to scan a QR code with your phone to link mobile and computer. You enter with your computer, you open the WhatsApp application on your mobile, and in the initial menu click on WhatsApp Web, you can now scan the code of your computer screen.

The problem arises when users come up with a website that pretends to be WhatsApp and scans a fake code. This gives hackers permission to log into your device and Your WhatsApp account and steal from you. Make sure the URL address is correct before scanning.

The coronavirus

The severity of the pandemic has created an unprecedented need for information that many cybercriminals take advantage of to create scams. Messages are being sent on behalf of authorities such as the Ministry of Health reporting new security measures via WhatsApp or emails.

The link does not lead to an official source, but a fake website, a full-featured phishing scam. To avoid being victims of this deception, we must be clear that no official body sends WhatsApp messages to citizens. Either way, it's better to search for fonts and pages on our own than to click on any link they send us.

Pay to use WhatsApp

The bulbs and fake news are already part of this messaging application. Many users are not careful what they forward or check before. Besides annoying is a risk, one of the most popular messages ensures that if WhatsApp is going to become a paid app.

Before forwarding anything, do at least a quick internet search to search for other similar news and in what media they talk about the topic and the sources you use. That'll give you a clue as to whether it's a hoo, a lie, or an unconfirmed news story.

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