WhatsApp’s ‘Friend in Need’ scam
In this latest scam of WhatsApp, users get messages from their ‘friends’ that they are in dire need of money. Users have received texts on WhatsApp from their friends saying that they are stuck somewhere abroad and they need money to come back home. Many people have been trapped in such scams.
According to the UK’s National Trading Standards, at least 59% of people living in the UK have faced this scam and this scam has been confirmed by WhatsApp itself and also asked people to be alert. Louis Baxter of the National Trading Standards scams team says that scamsters send messages on behalf of your friend or relative to make you think that the sender of the message is your friend or relative. In this way it becomes easy to extort money. By messaging you, these people either ask you for your personal information, ask you for money or try to know the account details etc.
How do messages come from those who know
If you are wondering that how messages come on your smartphone, in the name of your friends and relatives on WhatsApp, then let us tell you that this happens when the scamster hacks the number and account of the people you know and then you Messages come from these numbers. It may also happen that the smartphone of your acquaintance is lost, in this case also the scamster can use the number to extort money.
If you want to protect yourself from this scam, the first thing to do is beware of such texts. Also, if someone you know receives a message for help, instead of replying to it, call first so that you can confirm that the message came from someone you know and not a thief. Do not share your personal information over text under any circumstances.