Mumbai: Facebook’s proprietary messaging app WhatsApp is the most used and favorite mobile application. So people are always more likely to be deceived by various unverified links and messages on this platform. A new scam has surfaced on WhatsApp. This scam is called “Friend In Need Scam”. In this, users have complained that their friends need help. Many users in the UK have received such messages. (WhatsApp Friend in Need scam: Here all you need to know, how to remain safe)
In this scam, scammers message WhatsApp users in the name of their friend that they are abroad and they are in big trouble there. They need financial help. According to a Metro report, a 53-year-old nurse recently received a message from a friend stating that her son was in trouble and needed help. The nurse sent the money without any thought and lost 500 2,500. These scammers are aware of the weaknesses of the people and they deliberately target people whose nature is helpful.
Asking users to be cautious, WhatsApp said in a statement: “The fastest and easiest way to find out who the person in front is is to call them or request a voice note if you receive any suspicious messages.”
What is a ‘friend in need’ scam like?
Experts say that scammers can hack the number of your friends / family members. Or if someone you know loses their mobile phone, their phone is likely to be used to send such messages.
How to protect yourself from such scams?
If you receive a message asking for money from a friend or family member, call him instead of sending money immediately and check the source of the message. Also, pay special attention to the language used in such suspicious messages, as typing errors are very common in such messages.
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(WhatsApp Friend in Need scam: Here all you need to know, how to remain safe)