WhatsApp Scam: Consumers all around the country are now able to send and receive money more easily than ever thanks to the launch of UPI. However, because of the frequency of transactions that take place on UPI, scammers have an abundance of opportunity to defraud people using this method.
With instant messaging being the standard for communication, scammers frequently text individuals on Whatsapp in order to trick them into parting with money.
Recently, we have observed a lot of cases of scammers texting people in order to trick them into fraudulent schemes. The frequency of messages on employment prospects, utility costs, and other topics has increased.
The following list of five harmful messages designed to steal your money from you online:
1. Messages Announcing Cash Prizes or Lucky Draws
Users frequently receive messages on Whatsapp, via SMS, or even on their email promising a cash award as part of a “KBC Jio” fortunate draw or just simply promising them a large cash prize in the hopes that they will click the bogus links. This is an old scam employed by fraudsters.
2.OTP requests from friends for WhatsApp
Since WhatsApp sends users a six-digit confirmation code whenever they attempt to sign in from a different device, you must ask a contact of yours for this code.
Hey, I sent you a 6-digit code by mistake. “Hey, sorryI sent you a 6-digit code by mistake, can you forward it to me, please? It’s urgent,” the message usually reads. Since the message comes from a known contact, people usualy send the code without thinking much.
3. Message requesting payment of electricity bill
“Dear customer, due to your previous month’s bill not being updated, your electricity will be disconnected tonight at 9:30 p.m. from the electricity office. The notice typically states, “Please contact our electricity officer at 8260303942 as soon as possible. Many people are unaware that this message is not from an official source but nevertheless phone the number after receiving it. Watch your grammar when writing these messages
4. Selection messages for jobs
Recently, it’s become more popular to entice people by sending them personalised text messages on WhatsApp or even through SMS. You can receive mails such as “Dear you have passed our interview, wage is 8000 Rs/Day, for instance. Contact me to talk, please.”
Remember- Don’t ever respond to such messages.