Scams in WhatsApp are a serious issue, few days ago a study of the security firm, ESET, revealed that between 2016 and 2017, Mexico was one of the three most affected countries of the world by the scams in WhatsApp, which leaves us very clear that despite the fact that we believe that no one would fall into this type of scams, the reality is very different.
According to ESET, from a single campaign misleading is generated around 22 million victims. Likewise, the system for monetizing these scams varies depending on the region, because there are times where users are prompted for a subscription to Premium SMS, enrollment to services, download applications, etc
For this reason we have prepared a small manual, with which you can identify a scam in WhatsApp.
Carry catchy titles
Most of the scams WhatsApp is propagated in public groups, although they can also be reach by your friends and acquaintances, and normally tend to have catchy titles, offering promotions or gifts uncommon, as for example, a year of Spotify Premium or Netflix without cost, products in Amazon totally free, etc
Check the league’s web site to which you are redirecting
If the title you are caught then surely you will be redirected to a site on the Internet, here it is common to pass 2 things; one of them can be that you come to a website full of ads or offers where to you and asks for you to register to get the promotion or code that can be redeemed for the promised benefits, the other is the question of phishing and then submit your actual data to cybercriminals.
In the case of the first option, usually this kind of scams ask you to send a SMS with a word or code to a number in specific, this way you subscribe to the famous services of Premium SMS, although it is also likely that tell you that you must subscribe to a certain service or application download.
It is important to mention that the bids of any company are announced via their official website, so it is best that in case of any doubts look at the official social networks or company web sites.
On the other side we have the sites of phishing, those who are posing as “real” to steal information of the users, usually have a design very similar to that of other companies, but the league is different, so pay attention to the details, for example www.spotify.com could impersonate www.spotIfy.com
Con artists are taking advantage of the popularity of the companies
According to the same report from ESET, companies that are most popular are also the most likely to be used for any scam, as for example Mc. Donalds, Burger King, Zara, Walmart, Mercadona, Ikea, Amazon, Netflix and Spotify.
If we combine one of these companies with a tempting offer and sent through WhatsApp, there is a high probability that it is a scam, especially because today these companies do not tend to share offers or promotions by WhatsApp, and the day you do will be through WhatsApp Business.
You are requesting information that it already has the company
If you walked into one of the leagues I mentioned before, it is likely that there are scammers or cybercriminals who want to steal your data to take advantage of them, especially with the banking data of the users.
It is common that you request bank information by pretending to be the company in question, however, recalls that many times when you create an account we have to enter these data, and the company does not re-apply unless you change your form of payment.
Another of the data requested is your email and password, with which they pretend to have you to authenticate, but remember that this is the way many cracker manage to steal your data in a simple way.
There are several ways to identify a scam, but like the chains, the best thing is that the messages of attractive discounts with popular businesses let them pass, because usually all this type of content is a scam or phishing.