Now free for all, there's no excuse to fall for any of the numerous WhatsApp charging hoaxes. But now there's a new, more serious threat as a WhatsApp scam looks to install malware that can steal your personal information. Here are some of the WhatsApp scams you should delete and forget.How to avoid WhatsApp viruses, scams and hoaxes.
The most recent WhatsApp scam to come to our attention hopes to trick the user into opening a legitimate-looking Word, Excel or PDF document attached to a WhatsApp message that will actually download malware to their device that can steal their personal information.
All reports so far originate from India, and apparently use the names of the NDA (National Defence Academy) and NIA (National Investigation Agency) in an attempt to get users to open them, but it won't take much for the scam to make its way to the UK too. Only last month a similar message did the rounds in the UK that tried to persuade users to download a £100 Sainsbury's voucher. In reality, the link simply installed cookies or a browser extension on the user's phone that could be used to serve adverts to them.
The easiest way to avoid this scam is to delete the message, and never to download an unexpected document attachment - whether or not it comes from a trusted contact.
If you're concerned that you may have already downloaded malware on to your device, see our guide on how to remove malware from Android.Read More...
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