The world is advancing, Securities are being tidy up, and at the same time, scammers are upgrading their format. The new WhatsApp technical team scam is the trending now as they chat up users asking them to share their verification code.
The account users WhatsApp logo as a profile picture to make it real when asking for the verification code. Looking at that, this might end up getting many users to fall victim.
As a public broadcaster, it is our duty to bring this to your notice that WhatsApp teams don’t use the messaging app to communicate with users, instead, they use social media channels, including Twitter or the company’s official blog to send public announcements.
WABetaInfo takes it to their Twitter account where they posted the latest scam tactics after Dario Navarro a twitter use enquired about a fishy message that the users had received. According to the screenshot shared by Navarro, the scammer sends a message in Spanish asking users to verify their identity by providing their six-digit verification code that comes via an SMS message.
Knowing too well that the verification code is used to activate a WhatsApp account on a new device. It is expected that the user shouldn’t share this code with anyone.
Since the scammer uses the WhatsApp logo as the profile picture for the account in question, unaware users may fall for it. However, as noted by the WaBetaInfo, WhatsApp doesn’t message users on the app, and if it would in a rare circumstance, a green verified indicator will be visible alongside the logo and the account name.
It is also important to note that the Facebook-owned company doesn’t ask users to provide any of their data, including verification codes.
WhatsApp has clearly mentioned that users are advised to not share the SMS verification code with others on its website. “If someone is trying to take over your account, they need the SMS verification code sent to your phone number to do so. Without this code, any user attempting to verify your number can’t complete the verification process and use your phone number on WhatsApp.
You can also get back your stolen account by re-verifying your phone number in case you’ve accidentally shared the verification code with someone else.