This is a quick advisory to warn our readers about a new WhatsApp scam that is afoot. In this scam, a fake message is getting circulated which informs a user that their WhatsApp subscription has expired and that they can buy a lifetime service just for 99p by clicking on a link. Clicking on this link will take the user to a phishing page which is maintained by the scammers to capture confidential bank details (credit/debit card no., Internet banking login ID and passwords, etc.).
What should you do?
• If you receive this message from a known sender, inform them about this scam and advise them to block the sender and not to forward the message any further.
• Before acting on any such message, verify it from the app developer’s website or customer care (if any).
• Be careful of WhatsApp messages that talk about amazing offers and urge you to click on a link. Scammers use such messages to direct users to fake or infected websites.
• Before sharing any message on WhatsApp, ensure it is safe and that it does not affect others in any way.
• Install a mobile security app on your phone that can block access to fake and infected websites.
Remember, digital security is a shared responsibility. Stay safe!
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