Bad news for everyone who uses WhatsApp. In fact, a scam message that could empty the account of the unfortunate person on duty has returned.
Unfortunately, there are many attempts every day fraud circulating on the web, and also WhatsApp it is not exempt from this type of danger. In an era like the present one, in which we are all connected, on the other hand, it is always easier to be able to communicate with people who are in every corner of the world.
In addition to the many opportunities offered by the network, however, it is essential to pay close attention to the possible scams. A clear example of this is some emails regarding WhatsApp, which often conceal scams devised by some criminals, with the intent of extorting money or sensitive data from the unfortunate on duty. So let’s go into the details and talk about a type of scam that has been around for many years now, often ending up claiming victims.
Whatsapp, beware of the false message: the fake renewal scam is back
As reported by Kaspersky has returned to shoot one scam email inviting users to renew their WhatsApp account not to lose messages, photos and videos already shared. A scam attempt that has been around for years, but which still today, unfortunately, manages to find someone who takes the bite.
It basically consists of a phishing email that has graphics that mimic the official one of the instant messaging platform and ungrammatical text. “Dear Customer, Attention! Your WhatsApp Messenger account will expire. Registration no. Will will be completed within 24 hours, renewal of subscription from 0.99 euros. Renew as soon as possible to avoid loss (photos, videos, messages). Check your account information by clicking on the link below“.
Online scams, never provide sensitive and banking data
This message is followed by the link “Verify your account“. If the user clicks on this link, he is sent to a Web page where he is asked if he wishes renew your WhatsApp account for one year, three years or five years for prices of 0.99 euros, 2.67 euros and 3.71 euros respectively.
To proceed with the “Purchase by extension”, therefore, you must enter your email and credit card details. The latter are precisely the data that the scammers aim for. In fact, if you provide such information, you risk seeing your current account emptied in a short time.