WhatsApp Pink Scam: Alert!
Dealing with WhatsApp scams is getting more and more difficult. Concern has been raised recently over the emergence of WhatsApp Pink, a new scam. Tweeted by the cybercrime unit of the North Region was “WHATSAPP PINK – A Red Alert For Android Users.” Not only that, but this new WhatsApp Pink scam is causing concern across a number of police departments. But what is this risky WhatsApp scam that everyone is so concerned about? How can I stay secure? Learn everything about it here.
A link to download “Pink WhatsApp” is being shared via a viral message that is going around on WhatsApp. Fraudsters are actively passing along this link to a number of users, luring them in with the promise of a new WhatsApp design and extra features. They are urging people to click on a malicious link in order to download the app. The app will behave dangerously once it has been downloaded.
Another unsettling feature is that, without even letting you know, the WhatsApp Pink app will automatically send a message to all of your contacts to download it. This indicates that users are likely to download it because they are getting it from reliable friends. How does it work? The fake WhatsApp scam app aims to steal users’ sensitive data, including their bank account information, contacts, and OTP.
In order to gain full access to the victim’s smartphone, hackers can also install spyware on the victim’s device.
- Immediately uninstall the risky WhatsApp Pink app if you unintentionally downloaded it. Select the uninstall option under Settings > Apps > WhatsApp (pink logo) to do this.
- It is essential to use caution when interacting with links from unidentified sources. Avoid clicking on malicious links unless their veracity has been confirmed.
- Only download or update apps from reputable websites and the official Google Play Store or iOS App Store. Since the Pink WhatsApp app is distributed through independent retailers.
- Never forward links or messages that haven’t been properly verified or authenticated.
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Be aware of online criminal activity and be vigilant to protect yourself from fraudulent apps.
Avoid potential misuse by not sharing any personal or financial information online, including passwords, login information, and credit/debit card information.