There's A WhatsApp Scam Message That You Definitely Shouldn't Open
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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.
Please be aware this appears to be a fake Whatsapp message sent around as a text message. Do not click on the links. pic.twitter.com/16S5FViNmU
- Paul Myles (@HL10PM) May 21, 2017
@WhatsApp recieved a suspicious text message pic.twitter.com/8zeBuRgHOD
- Peter James (@youngmasterpete) May 30, 2017
I have just received this text message @WhatsApp and I'm thinking it's dodgy? pic.twitter.com/yzspeN8ec9
- Jenni Field (@mrsjennifield) March 28, 2017
This fake WhatsApp text message claims the service is about to start charging people! https://t.co/r1o4I4wwch pic.twitter.com/AYUkR1zHTC
- Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) May 31, 2017
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.
Another scam circulating. Fake Whatsapp text message claiming that they are starting to charge people. Report/Block/Delete #smishing https://t.co/LswBFnbmIu
- Notts Police Fraud (@NottsFraudCops) May 31, 2017
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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