Fake WhatsApp web ready to drain account contents. PHOTO/ The Verge
SINGAPORE – At least 237 people have become victims of phishing scams using fake WhatsApp Web scans since the beginning of this month. ct
According to The Straits Times, the police in a statement informed that the total loss to fraud victims reached USD 606,000.
In the case, the suspect first took over the affected WhatsApp account after the user clicked on an unverified URL link while searching for the official WhatsApp web page.
“Disguising himself as a real account user, the suspect then contacted the user’s family or friends listed in the account’s contact list to ask for a loan,” explained the report.
Based on reports, the suspects usually admit that they need the money to pay for purchases or help friends or relatives who are experiencing financial problems.
For example, a suspect may claim that they need to make a payment for an emergency such as a medical but their bank account has been blocked for exceeding the transfer limit.
In fact, some suspects may ask the contact to upload a screenshot showing the transfer in order to request additional money later.
The contact is then asked to transfer money to an unknown bank account or PayNow number claiming to belong to the original account user.
‘The victim only realized he had been cheated after contacting or being contacted by his family or friends who claimed they had not received a penny.
Therefore, the police urge the public to take security measures such as activating WhatsApp’s two-step verification feature and ensuring that they only use the official WhatsApp Web site.
The public is also asked to be alert to unusual requests received on messaging platforms.
“They should also refrain from sharing WhatsApp account verification codes and check devices linked on WhatsApp regularly,” the police said.