Getting text messages from random numbers is disturbing. But spam messages aren’t just annoying; they can also be a dangerous vehicle for malware. And these days, pretty much every medium we use to communicate is vulnerable to spam messages, emails, social media messaging apps, and yes, even WhatsApp.
With two billion active users, it is perhaps no surprise that WhatsApp spam is a common issue. The ability to send functional external links on WhatsApp is reportedly being exploited by scammers, especially during any festive season, on special days, or on sales when users are more active on the platform.
Scammers are developing new ways and techniques to dupe citizens. They are creating fake messages with attractive offers or services to lure users, and due to gifts and heavy discounts, these messages get spread far and wide.
Recently, a new WhatsApp scam on “Amazon 2022 Mother’s Day Contest” is doing the rounds promising rewards to the users if they click on the given link. You might feel a captivating itch to click on the link, but don’t! It’s a scam!!
Fig1. Fake WhatsApp message
So, what is this new WhatsApp scam message, and how does the campaign work?
Based on the investigations by Quick Heal Security Lab researchers, several similar links listed below were used in this scam to spread this malicious campaign –
Below are the screenshots of the step-by-step procedure users must follow to get the promised reward.
1. The link leads to a Fake Amazon page –
Fig2. Fake Amazon Website
2. Here it asks users to allow notifications from this site. The permission acquired now can be used maliciously in the future.
Fig3.Website Asking to allow show notification
3. Next, it asks the user to share it further with more people to claim the reward.
Fig4.Website asking users to share this link
After forwarding the message to friends, the site redirects to different sites each time. Some of these further redirect to Google Play applications and other sites redirect the user to similar fake sites.
The objective of this campaign is: –
How to stay safe from such WhatsApp scams?
If you are a Quick Heal antivirus user, you need not worry! Our advanced features keep you safe by blocking these malicious websites
Fig5. Malicious Website Blocked by Quickheal
But, if you are still wondering how to block texts, you can take several quick and easy steps to stop getting messages from a specific number and reduce your overall vulnerability to spammers and the online scams they perpetuate.
Attackers are using different tricks to spread malicious content to make people fall prey to social media scams. They can harm users’ devices by downloading and installing harmful or potentially dangerous applications and stealing data. Stay safe by ignoring any unsolicited messages on social media.