There's A WhatsApp Scam Message That You Definitely Shouldn't Open

Scams - what a ball ache, eh? It's not even that someone is trying to get money out of you, it's just that a notification has popped up on your phone or computer and it's not even something of interest, like plans to go to the pub.

It's both a pain in the arse and admirable that someone has actually gone to the effort to waste so much of their time to scam people. If there is such a thing as an admirable waste of time.

The latest comes via WhatsApp, the popular messaging app we all attempt to make plans in, with nothing ever coming to fruition.

The Huffington Post reports that Twitter users have been screenshotting text messages which appear to be from WhatsApp, telling them their subscription is up.

It's funny, in a way - if we did have to start paying for a messaging service, it'd make no difference to our lives. "Oh shit, what am I going to do? Only contact people on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, iMessage, AND by phone call?"

Anyway, these texts are accompanied by a link which claims to lead you to a subscription renewal. However, I'm going to assume this isn't your first rodeo and that you know this isn't the case.

Of course, it takes you to some dodgy place on the web which will, according to the Huffington Post, almost certainly be a piece of very nasty malware.

To be on the safe side of things, Action Fraud UK and local Police forces have sent out tweets to warn people of the scam - as we all know, people rarely read things properly before clicking a link.

Point being, don't click the link, pal.

That was pretty serious, wasn't it? Ever seen someone run for public transport and then miss it just by a second? Funny that, isn't it?

Almost as funny as when dogs don't recognise themselves in mirrors.

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Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.

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