Beware of Fake WhatsApp Notifications!

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A fake WhatsApp notification email is doing the rounds on the Internet, tricking users into visiting a phishing website.

Beware of Fake WhatsApp Notifications_Phishing

Hackers are targeting Internet users with a fake WhatsApp notification email that pretends to be from WhatsApp. The email notifies the user about a new message and presents them with a ‘PLAY’ button, as shown in the image below.

WhatsApp phishing email

Our Analysis:
What happens if a user clicks the ‘Play’ Button?
Clicking the Play button redirects the user to a malicious page. The page displays three steps for the user to earn easy money:

WhatsApp phishing email_1

As you can notice, post registration the user is asked to make a deposit of £ 200 to activate their account. Once the deposit is made, the user is promised of earnings in their bank account.

Clearly, this is a clever phishing scam by hackers to trick WhatsApp users. We strongly advise users not to respond to such emails, and report/mark them as spam or phishing. During our analysis, we also found that clicking the ‘Play’ button drops a Trojan malware on the user system.

Important:
WhatsApp has clearly stated in its official page, “We do not send you emails about chats, voice messages, payment, changes, photos, or videos. You will only receive an email from WhatsApp if you initiate a conversation with us via our dedicated email channels, such as one of our support channels.”

Some Tips to Stay Away from Phishing Emails:
1. Do not respond to emails from unknown sources.
2. Verify the data on such emails before you act on them.
3. Never click buttons, links, or download attachments on such emails.
4. Be extra cautions of emails that promise you money for your personal or financial information.
5. Be cautious against unexpected emails.
6. Protect your system with Quick Heal Total Security that blocks malicious, fraud and phishing emails.

If you have come across any such fake WhatsApp notification emails, do let us know in the comments below. Stay safe!

Rajiv Singha

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pankaj singh
pankaj singh
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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Rahul thakur
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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subham sharma
5 years ago

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Nelli Narendra
5 years ago

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Swapnil Gaidhani , Lakhani
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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Ramesh C Sarin
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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Puspa Joshi
5 years ago

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Sudhakar
5 years ago

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Nitin Bhatt
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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sagar swain
5 years ago

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neeraj
5 years ago

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Sumeet Tarasia
Sumeet Tarasia
5 years ago

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Yes
5 years ago

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sandeep
5 years ago

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Dharmendra Gautam
5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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5 years ago

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ADITYA
5 years ago

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Vilas Borde
5 years ago

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HARIOM SINGH
5 years ago

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D. V. SITARAMARAJU.
D. V. SITARAMARAJU.
5 years ago

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David
David
5 years ago

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Narendra Choudhary
5 years ago

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Aman gajmer
5 years ago

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Aman gajmer
5 years ago

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JAYPRAKASH KADEL
JAYPRAKASH KADEL
5 years ago

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RK yadav
5 years ago

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Bikash Naik
5 years ago

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VIJAYKUMAR
5 years ago

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Harbans Singh Tuteja
5 years ago

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hamidreza
hamidreza
5 years ago

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jean felix mukeba
5 years ago

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Ryan Roy
Ryan Roy
5 years ago

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unknown
unknown
5 years ago

Thanks for the tip

Ajit Kumar Chatterjee
Ajit Kumar Chatterjee
5 years ago

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Ravi Addi
Ravi Addi
5 years ago

Thanks for the vital information you posted.

sowmya
sowmya
5 years ago

Thanx a lot 4 ur information

NIKHILBHAI indravadan dhebar
NIKHILBHAI indravadan dhebar
5 years ago

Thanks for the information.

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