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.
reaches the user via the chat with an
- or even a best friend.
In the end you lose your own WhatsApp account.
The fraudster can cause
Munich - The
messenger app "WhatsApp"
, which is now part of the American Facebook group, is the
for many people
It is all the more annoying when your own chat account is suddenly
Even more annoying when you know that
their fingers in the game.
WhatsApp: Warning, lousy number with a message from a friend
The latter is currently being
by several portals
According to media reports, there is currently a
circulating on WhatsApp
In the end, your own account could even end up in the
hands of fraudsters
It all starts with a WhatsApp message from a
or even a
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.
- 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
- but their WhatsApp account has already been hacked.
And in the same way as the
tries again, explains the consumer
WhatsApp: Fraudulent scam via a friend - code sent by SMS
You normally need this to set up
your Whatsapp account
with the associated
mobile phone number
own smartphone - also known as "verification".
This is what the fraudster tries to do with a scam: On his
, with your number and the
that he absolutely needs.
WhatsApp: journalist and book author warns of the scam - further crimes could follow
journalist Mirko Drotschmann
, it is best not to react to this message, otherwise the
that could then occur: "The takeover of the WhatsApp account [...] serves to prepare for further
Since the scammers can impersonate you, these accounts are usually used to commit further crimes.
Often it is about fraud, which
. ”If you have already fallen
for the scam,
the consumer portal has provided useful immediate measures on the homepage.
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