07 Apr [Scam Alert] WhatsApp Verification Code Scam
April 7, 2021
Be cautious of the latest version of WhatsApp scams! Scammers take advantage of a legitimate WhatsApp login mechanism and try to log onto your WhatsApp account on other devices. All they have to do is to lure you into sending the OTP (One Time Password) verification code. Check how it works and how to protect against this scam:
How it works
1. First, you will receive this message with a 6-digit OTP verification code and a link. It might be easy to differentiate a fake WhatsApp message, but in this case, the text message sent from WhatsApp is a genuine one:
Your WhatsApp code: 591-059 You can also tap on this link to verify your phone: v.whatsapD.com/591059 Don’t share this code with others
2. Then, one of your WhatsApp contacts sends you a message and asks you to reveal the 6-digit OTP codes you’ve received. For example, the message reads, “Hello, sorry I sent you a 6-digit code by SMS by mistake. Can you transfer it to me, please? It’s urgent.” Scammers might convince you that they are your friends or family, but in fact, your contacts’ accounts have been hacked and taken over by scammers.
If you hand in the OTP codes, they can get access to your WhatsApp account and use the same tactics to trick more people!
How to avoid WhatsApp verification scams
- Turn on 2-step verification/2-factor authentication (2FA) on your WhatsApp accounts. By doing so, you can protect your WhatsApp account with your own two-step PIN or associate an email address so that it’s difficult to hack.
- Never share any verification codes with others. Scammers can pretend to be anyone you know and try to steal from you. Don’t fall for it!
- Notify your friend whose WhatsApp account has been hacked.