NEW TREND OF SCAM IN WHATSAPP GROUP PLATFORM
The mental consciousness of mankind brings more innovations to the advancement of ICT. As technologies advance, new discoveries are producing new mobile applications to provide a platform for sharing of information, ideas, career interests, business interests, and other forms of expression via virtual communities and networks.
One of such applications is WhatsApp. The use of WhatsApp application has created a new criminal opportunities for the online miscreants to scam innocent victims of their substances. The new trend of scams in WhatsApp group platform represents an extension of existing criminal behaviour among the mankind, using virtual communities and networks to commit the crimes. Every user of WhatsApp group platform should be aware of this new trend in order not to become victim of organized scams by the online miscreants. In the last couple of days, many have become victims of these scams and that is why I decided to make this post.
WhatsApp group platform is a platform created by a group of people for a common purpose. Most organisations nowadays make use of WhatsApp group platform to interact, share ideas, convey vital information within a closed group. We have various social groups on WhatsApp group platform. But there is need to be conscious of recent development, the miscreants who do not belong to a group are now find their way into the group with the aim of swindling users of the platform.
MODE OF OPERATION:
The syndicate uses identify theft to contact potential victims. Identity theft is a fraudulent practice of using another person’s name and personal information in order to swindle others of their substance. They make use of the identity of the person the potential victim knows to contact him or her (a family member, a family friend, colleague at work, member of a social group etc.) Behind the profile is a con artist, pretending to be the person you know very well.
Introducing business opportunities:
The next step is to introduce the victim to a business opportunity. His or her responses will determine their next course of actions to be used against him or her. The potential victim will receive a text message to be acknowledged by clicking on the link or he or she may be called, requesting from him or her to give them the code on the link. Once the victim clicks on the link or sends the code to them, his or her WhatsApp’s account will be automatically logged out there by given them access to have full control over the WhatsApp account and the WhatsApp groups, with a new phone number. WhatsApp group platform gives them opportunity to have many potential victims at a goal.
However, there is no organized crime without a loophole, it very simple to know if a group on WhatsApp has been infiltrated by the online scammers.
The Red Flags:
- As a group administrator on WhatsApp, if you notice sudden replacement of a phone number with a new number on your group, it is a red flag; your group might have been infiltrated by unknown person through identity theft. There will be a notification on the group chat. The group administrator should remove the new phone number immediately. The owner of the replaced number on the group should be contacted to know whether he or she is the one that initiated the replacement.
- If a user introduces a business opportunity with 100percent returns within short a period of time is another red flag.
- Posting of odd information on the group platform is also a red flag.
- A post soliciting for financial assistance for a user of the platform in danger.
How to safeguard your WhatsApp account:
To prevent hacker from hacking your WhatsApp account, you can also do some setting on your account.
Click on setting on your WhatsApp
Click on Account
Click on Two-step verification
Input your email address and save it.
If any hacker wants to change it, WhatsApp will request for the Two-step verification and without the information, the account will not be opened.
June 26, 2020