With WhatsApp parent company, Facebook, struggling with a huge data breach, we’ve begin to see some users fall victim of some WhatsApp scam. Hackers are beginning to look for different means to get user account.
Now they have deviced a way of using your contacts, such as family member or a friend’s accounts, to hack into WhatsApp. That’s why we came up with this article to help indentify hackers.
New WhatsApp Hacking Scam
Discovered by writer and speaker Alexis Conran (tweet), a new WhatsApp scam is currently spreading on the platform, and it hacks user accounts using their contacts. Confused? Well, let me clear it out for you.
How Does This Hack Work?
To begin with, you will receive an SMS stating a random log-in OTP fomr WhatsAPP. Incase you didn’t know, WhatsApp doesn’t make use of passwords or PINs for user logins. Rather, it sends a One Time Password (OTP) to the users’ phone numbers to identify them.
That way they make you feel your account has been logged out somehow and yur OTP is required to log back in. Nonetheless, when you when you open your WhatsApp account, you will find a new message from a friend or a relative asking for a code.
You can’t help but wonder what a code a family member would want you to send. However, it isn’t really them so don’t fall for this trick. It was the hacker who has already taken your contact’s account hostage. So, once you send them the code, your account will be hacked too!
How to Prevent this Scam?
Not everyone is opportuned to get information. What you have to do is spread the word so no one falls victim of somthing like this. If you recieve any message like that, do not send the OTP to your contact right away. First, call your contact’s phone number and inform them about the scam.
To prevent such hacks in the future, you can turn on two-factor authentication (2FA) on WhatsApp. This will require an additional 6-digit PIN to log in to your WhatsApp account on your device.