WhatsApp Scam: How to protect your WhatsApp account best?
WABetainfo explained that when a person shares his/her account info, the account can be stolen.
Recently, many WhatsApp users have been complaining about their accounts getting ‘hacked’ or ‘stolen’. We have all heard one or more people around us share that their WhatsApp account was hacked via a link circulating on the online communication platform.
In light of these incidents, WABetainfo, the main independent portal where you can discover news about WhatsApp, shared:
The accounts of WhatsApp users aren’t being stolen; these people are simply giving away their accounts.
Explaining the details, WABetainfo said:
To sign in to your account, you need an active SIM card, where you can receive SMS or calls so that WhatsApp can send a verification code, also called a 6-digit code.
The platform continued to state:
The six-digit code is like a password, it’s secret, and it must not be shared. In fact, you don’t share the password of your other social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — because you know it’s something private and must not be shared with others.
How have people been giving away their accounts?
Many WhatsApp users received the following message from their friends or family members:
Hey! I had to receive an SMS code from WhatsApp, but my phone is unable to receive SMS right now, so I’ve indicated your phone number: can you tell me the code you received?
Regarding this text message, WABetainfo said:
Someone might think that it’s safe to share the six-digit code, as the person asking (friend or family) is someone they trust. However, this is the biggest mistake a WhatsApp user can make as the other person will hack their account after receiving the intended information.
WABetainfo explained that when a person shares his/her account info, the account can be stolen. The first victim of the theft is the friend or family member sending the message. The person sharing the account info after receiving the message becomes the new victim, starting an endless cycle of stolen accounts.
How does the thief reach you if WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted?
Explaining how a user account can be taken over, WABetainfo said:
It is possible that the new victim was in the same group as the previous one, and the thief chose them — and probably many other members too — from the group participants list.
The platform further explained:
Some people create fake accounts using virtual phone numbers that aren’t authorized to use the WhatsApp service, and they make a false story to convince you to share your 6-digit code.
Here are some of the messages WhatsApp users should steer clear of:
- Your WhatsApp account will expire in 2 days. You need to renew it by sending the code we sent via SMS.
- The WhatsApp team needs to know if you’re really a human: send the 6-digit code in this chat you just received via SMS.
- [WHATSAPP]: We have detected unusual activity in your account. Please confirm your identity with the verification code.
One Advice to Safeguard your Account
According to WABetainfo, people can make up stories and convince users to share the verification code. The platform advises people to remember:
Nobody will ask for your 6-digit code on WhatsApp (not even WhatsApp itself). It is like a password, and passwords must not be shared.
WABetainfo advises people never to share any private information. The platform stated:
If you receive any message from a WhatsApp chat without the green verification badge, know that it’s fake.
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