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Warning, lousy WhatsApp scam! A number with a message from someone you know can do a lot of damage

2020-11-28T17:24:51.565Z

Warning, nasty scam! A WhatsApp message from a friend can lead to the loss of your WhatsApp account. The content of the message is always similar.



Warning, nasty scam!

A WhatsApp message from a friend can lead to the loss of your WhatsApp account.

The content of the message is always similar.

  • A

    scam

    is currently

    in circulation

    via the

    WhatsApp

    messenger

    service

    .

  • The deceptive

    message

    reaches the user via the chat with an

    acquaintance

    - or even a best friend.

  • In the end you lose your own WhatsApp account.

    The fraudster can cause

    great harm

    .

Munich - The

messenger app "WhatsApp"

, which is now part of the American Facebook group, is the

number one

communication channel

for many people

.

It is all the more annoying when your own chat account is suddenly

blocked

.

Even more annoying when you know that

fraudsters have

their fingers in the game.

WhatsApp: Warning, lousy number with a message from a friend

The latter is currently being

warned

by several portals

.

According to media reports, there is currently a

fraudulent message

circulating on WhatsApp

that is

tough.

In the end, your own account could even end up in the

hands of fraudsters

.

It all starts with a WhatsApp message from a

friend

or even a

best friend

, as

reported by

oe24.at.

WhatsApp: Warning, lousy number with a message from a friend - a code is required

Warning, bad Whatsapp scam: Such messages come from real contacts in your address book - and you get a code via SMS.

However, the accounts were hacked and if you forward the code, your account is gone too.

Never react!

☝🏻 pic.twitter.com/wgkFGZiaiC

- Mirko Drotschmann (@ MrWissen2Go) November 13, 2020

"Hello, sorry, I accidentally sent you a

6-digit code via SMS

.

Can you please pass it on to me

It's urgent, ”is the message, for example.

Sent by a

trusted contact

- but their WhatsApp account has already been hacked.

And in the same way as the

fraudster

tries again, explains the consumer

portal chip.de.

WhatsApp: Fraudulent scam via a friend - code sent by SMS

In fact,

seconds later

a code

arrives

via SMS.

You normally need this to set up

your Whatsapp account

with the associated

mobile phone number

on

your

own smartphone - also known as "verification".

This is what the fraudster tries to do with a scam: On his

cell phone

, with your number and the

code

that he absolutely needs.

WhatsApp: journalist and book author warns of the scam - further crimes could follow

According to

journalist Mirko Drotschmann

alias

MrWissen2Go

, it is best not to react to this message, otherwise the

account

would be

gone.

Chip.de

explains the

serious consequences

that could then occur: "The takeover of the WhatsApp account [...] serves to prepare for further

criminal offenses

.

Since the scammers can impersonate you, these accounts are usually used to commit further crimes.

Often it is about fraud, which

results in

high

financial damage

. ”If you have already fallen

for the scam,

the consumer portal has provided useful immediate measures on the homepage.

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Grund is a much sought-after product.

List of rubric lists: © picture alliance / Ritchie B. Tongo / EPA FILE / dpa

Source: merkur

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