Written by: Vertika Mittal

Sadly, WhatsApp has become a breeding ground for scammers

“As in the past, we’re seeing attackers take advantage of new trends and disruptions to steal money and credentials, whether that’s a growing user of messengers or continued problem with mail delivery amidst a pandemic,” notes Tatyana Shcherbakova, Senior Web Content Analyst at Kaspersky. 

“Spam and phishing schemes are still some of the most effective ways to launch successful attacks because they play on human emotion.

Sadly, WhatsApp has become a breeding ground for scammers 1

The best thing users can do is be wary of any unexpected emails and be very careful about clicking on any email attachments or links – go to the website directly”.

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Experts have cautioned that criminals are taking advantage of long-standing problems with global supply and delivery networks to lure victims into falling for identity theft frauds.

Especially when it comes to online purchases, Kaspersky warns users to be on their alert when they open and interact with messages that pretend to be from delivery companies.

An increasing number of scams are also being perpetrated using WhatsApp to mislead people, as well as fraudulent apps and online romance sites.

Scams surrounding delivery

Kaspersky claims it has witnessed a big increase in frauds that take advantage of the pandemic’s massive increase in internet delivery.

WhatsApp’s recent privacy policy update about exchanging information with Facebook was also used in a fraud attempt. User login information was obtained when they were directed to a false Facebook login page when they clicked on a link inviting them to speak with “beautiful strangers”.

To be protected from the current attacks, Kaspersky recommends that consumers constantly double-check any links in messages or emails before opening them, and install a complete protection solution.

Criminals are increasingly sending invoices in other languages, requesting payment for customs taxes or shipment. A victim’s financial or credit card information is stolen if they click on a link or attachment.

Fraudulent websites also promise to offer a lottery-style scheme for the chance to purchase parcels that never make it to their intended destinations.

Even if they “win” a surprise parcel on one of these websites, victims have realized that the item is worthless.

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Vertika Mittal

The technical content writer also specializes in a wide variety of other sectors that include fashion, education, SEO, technology, parenting, health and many more. She has an innovative and futuristic approach and is fond of writing blogs and articles. She writes on different topics that fascinate the people around the world.

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