WhatsApp scams are nothing new, with users repeatedly warned to pay close attention to certain messages that could put their personal data at risk.
A new warning has been issued to app users about a scam that uses a highly deceptive method to trick users into handing over large sums of money.
It appears that scammers are now using emotional blackmail in an attempt to persuade WhatsApp users to hand over these amounts, according to a report released by several foreign sites, including “Teller Report”.
Taking advantage of emotional weakness
A user named Alison was exposed to one of these recent scams, via a message that appeared on her phone claiming to be from her son. The first message read: “Hi Mom, I dropped my phone in the toilet (sad face emoji) this is my new number.”
Alison explained that she did what most parents would do and promptly responded by asking if he really was her son, and a letter confirming this soon followed.
But the next day, her alleged son sent her a letter asking for £ 2,600, explaining that she needed to repay a particular loan.
Request for money
For her part, Allison confirmed that she hadn’t doubted the message for a moment, but tried calling her son again on the number she had to make sure everything was okay.
However, each time, the person on the other side would tell her that she couldn’t speak and constantly pressured her to make the payment quickly.
After his anxiety grew, he agreed to pay, but luckily showed him that he had forgotten to click on the final payment confirmation.
When the scammer asked her to send a photo of the proof of payment, she got suspicious.
For its part, Catherine Hart, chief technology CTSI officer, revealed to BBC Radio 4 that it is not the first time he has seen this type of message, noting that it is very deceptive.
He also added that scammers are adept at exploiting the public’s emotional vulnerability, which is a particularly pernicious example.
Furthermore, he advised users to always be cautious and suspicious when receiving a message like this, especially when it comes to money.
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