Beware these bogus WhatsApp subscription messages that want to steal your banking info


Cybercriminals hope WhatsApp users have forgotten they don’t need to pay for the service.

Cybercriminals prey on naivety, and a new scam campaign that attempts to trick people into providing bank details to pay for a fake WhatsApp subscription does just that.

However, the fraudsters behind this latest scam are looking to take advantage of the fact WhatsApp — which has over a billion users — did once rely on a subscription service to dupe victims into handing over their banking information.

Victims are encouraged to sign into a ‘customer portal’ with their number and to enter payment information.

Naturally, this is a scam — with spelling errors in the text a huge giveaway — and all the victims are doing is providing criminals with their financial details. Criminals could use these to simply make purchases or as a basis for further fraud. Scammers have also been known to use text messages in an effort to dupe victims into paying for a fake subscription.

Scammers often attempt to lure victims into handing over their credit card information — or installing malware onto their machines — often with authentic-looking phishing emails claiming to be from real companies.

Previously, Action Fraud has warned about scammers attempting to steal credentials from university staff with fake emails about a pay rise, while police have also issued a warning about cybercriminals attempting to infect people with banking malware using emails that pretend to be from a charity.

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