A new WhatsApp scam asks the victim to dial a specific phone number. After that, third parties will have control over your account.
WhatsApp scams are not new per se. However, recently Rahul Sasi, the founder and CEO of CloudSEk, discovered a new danger for WhatsApp users. The current WhatsApp scam consists of calling victims to instruct them to dial a specific phone number.
If you’re clueless enough to do this, you’ve already lost. After dialing the number, the hacker can bypass WhatsApp’s protection and take over the victim’s account. The cyber criminals asked their victims to dial a ten-digit phone number.
According to media reports, the victim cannot even tell if he was hacked because there is no evidence of it. The criminal logs out the owner of the WhatsApp account and can then dial in himself to change the access data. The service numbers of the telecom companies Jio and Airtel are used to route calls. The trick works not only in India, but according to the security researcher Sasi everywhere in the world.
New WhatsApp scam simple and effective
According to the CEO, this new scam is “one of the simplest and therefore most effective ways to steal someone’s account”. Because many people still believe that they can’t be fooled without owning their smartphone. That’s why many of those affected called the unsuspicious service hotline and were then rid of their account. The modus operandi is similar to the WhatsApp OTP scam that first appeared in April 2021 and affected large numbers of users last month.
But the current WhatsApp trick is probably very easy for the perpetrators to carry out. “As soon as the hacker has access to the account, he demands money from the victim’s contacts.” Blackmail attempts by the account holders themselves are also possible.
Do not respond to requests from strangers!
Since in many places telecommunications companies use the same service numbers for mobile communications, which always end with the digits 67 or 404 start, they appear to be serious to the victims. If you want to protect yourself from this, you should simply not comply with such requests.
On the other hand, it would also be a good opportunity to try another messenger such as Signal, Telegram or Threema. There are enough powerful alternatives apart from WhatsApp that are worth a closer look.
About Lars Sobiraj
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