BILLIONS of WhatsApp users have been warned about a new phishing scam that will leak all private messages to cyber crooks.
Police have urged people to be on the lookout for fake WatsApp websites.
Users often access their accounts on desktops through the official website of search engines such as Google.
You can type “web.whatsapp.com” into your computer’s internet browser and then enter a special code to unlock the app.
Once you’re on the website, you’ll need to scan a QR code from your phone to access your account.
But fraudsters have now been spotted using fake WhatsApp websites.
Police said that some phishing websites have a real QR code embedded from the official website.
Singapore Police said: “Victims clicked on the first few search results generated by online search engines for convenience reasons without checking the URL addresses.”
When victims scan the codes, the websites stop responding and are then redirected to a fake website instead of their personal accounts.
Scammers then sneak into the victim’s accounts and pose as the victim.
You can send messages to your contacts and ask for personal information and online banking information.
And they can even request to transfer cash to a bank account.
Victims can still access their accounts while scammers collect their personal information.
And it can take a long time for them to realize they’ve been cheated.
Police said: “Victims will only realize their accounts have been compromised when they are notified of unusual requests by their contacts.”
Users are now encouraged to take preventative measures to prevent the scam.
They recommend always checking if you are using the official WhatsApp desktop app.
Warning signs to look out for when it comes to WhatsApp scams
The scammer first contacts someone with a “Hello Mom” or “Hello Dad” message that appears to be from their child.
They then try to convince the recipient that their account has been compromised and they need to transfer cash to a friend or family member to keep it“secure”.
The victim is given details of an account controlled by the scammer or a money mule and is asked to ask a friend or family member to transfer the money to the other account.
Once the money has been transferred to the new account, the fraudster can cut off all contact and the victim can no longer access their money.
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This came as users were warned about a new scam that allows hackers to take over their entire account.
TikToker @cybersecmama helped expose the scam and urged others not to fall for the easily concealed trick.