Scammers are also increasingly using digital channels for their actions. Now, a completely new scourge has emerged. The police warn all users.
The police warn of a new WhatsApp scam mask. As “20 Minutes” reports, such cases have occurred for the first time. The police warned against using WhatsApp after receiving reports of several compromised accounts on Wednesday morning.
The fraudster establishes a WhatsApp account using the phone number of the injured person. The app then automatically sends a unique code via SMS to the phone number associated with the account. “The scammer is using a gap in the verification process to access the code and gain control of your WhatsApp account,” police warn citizens. “As a result, it will enable two-factor authentication to prevent you from being able to restore your account.”
In Switzerland, the fraudulent person wrote down all the saved contacts and demanded money from them. “In addition, he demanded a large sum of money from his victim in exchange for restoring his WhatsApp account,” the police said. Last month, the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC received many reports of this fraud.
The Canton Police advise WhatsApp users to enable two-step verification in the settings. Furthermore, money should not be transferred, even if the fraudsters insist. And, “If you become a victim, secure all the evidence and report the incident to the police.”
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