Fake WhatsApp accounts trying to steal your data: How to stay safe

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WhatsApp users are often targeted by scammers for their data. The internet is replete with reports that describe how fraudsters are employing various tactics to entice WhatsApp users to give up their personal data. Now, in a more recent case, fraudsters are using fake WhatsApp support accounts to target innocent users.

according to a report good By WABetaInfo, WhatsApp users are receiving suspicious messages from WhatsApp accounts that pretend to be WhatsApp support. These messages are from a fake account that aims to steal users’ personal data, such as their credit card details and their six-digit code to log into their WhatsApp accounts. This could lead to financial fraud based on the information shared.

The worrying thing is that these messages are being shared by WhatsApp accounts which appear to be authentic. So, how do you differentiate fake accounts from real ones? Here is a handy guide that will help you:

How to differentiate between fake and real WhatsApp account

  • As the blog site explains, when you are chatting with a verified WhatsApp contact, the verified badge is placed right next to the contact name and their chat information in the conversation screen. If you see the Verified badge in a different location, for example, on the profile photo, it means the contact is pretending to be verified and is trying to fool you.

  • One thing to note is that WhatsApp never asks for personal information of users such as their credit card details and their six-digit code or two-step verification PIN. “WhatsApp also does not ask for money or confidential information to avoid termination of accounts,” notes the blog site. This means that if any WhatsApp account is trying to get this information, then it is a fake account and it is trying to dupe you.

  • The best course of action in such a case would be to block and report the fake contact within their chat information. In doing so, the last five messages of this chat will be shared with the official WhatsApp moderation team so that they can understand the context of the conversation and they can suspend the account.

Fake WhatsApp accounts trying to steal your data: How to stay safe First appeared on BGR India.

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