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WhatsApp Takes Action! Fraudulent Accounts to be Deactivated, Says Union Minister

WhatsApp: According to Ashwini Vaishnaw, Union Minister for Electronics and IT, WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, has agreed to deactivate accounts from its messaging service if a number is discovered to have a fraudulent connection. This occurs at the same time that the government has acknowledged the rise in foreign spam calls in India and has made plans to notify the platform.

Joint Efforts to Curb Annoying Calls from International Numbers

In response to a question about the measures taken by the government to stop annoying calls from international numbers on WhatsApp, which have seen a massive increase in the past few weeks, Vaishnaw was quoted as saying, “We have actively engaged with WhatsApp and they have agreed that yes, customer safety is most important, and they are absolutely on board to deregister the users which have been detected as fraud users.” The Union minister was speaking at the beginning of a sectoral reform that focuses on customers. To get rid of bogus users, the centre is also in talks with other chat platforms like Telegram.

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Government Notifies WhatsApp About Surge in Spam Calls from Unknown International Numbers

Rajeev Chandrasekhar, the minister of state for information technology, announced last week that his department would notify WhatsApp about the problem of spam calls coming from unidentified international numbers. A significant portion of these spam calls contained country codes from Indonesia (+62), Vietnam (+84), Malaysia (+60), Kenya (+254), and Ethiopia (+251), according to numerous Whatsapp users in the nation who have voiced their complaints on social media. However, in response to an increase in bothersome calls from foreign numbers in India, WhatsApp, the most widely used messaging app in the world, also revealed last week that it had implemented new artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) systems that would cut down on such calls by at least 50%.

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Encrypted Messaging Services Exploited for Deceptive Schemes

Scammers are allegedly using end-to-end encrypted messaging services like Telegram and WhatsApp, the most widely used messaging service in the world, to carry out these schemes. It is strongly advised not to answer these obtrusive calls since they are a part of a larger scam in which con artists entice naive users with promises of easy money before defrauding them of thousands of dollars.

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