We bring you news of two scams reported by WhatsApp users. These scams have not been reported by the UD community yet, but all users should be alert because mobile devices are vulnerable to scams and malware.
The first scam promises free use-anywhere internet for WhatsApp users. Users who click on the link are prompted to download some apps to enable the free internet.
The scam’s landing page links to the apps but does not specify what they are–a red flag! Users investigating the scam found that the apps were real and speculated that the scammers wanted to receive payment for referring users to the apps.
Malware or not, downloading anything from an unknown sender or link can be dangerous.
What hinted that this message was a scam? First, the promise of free internet everywhere is too good to be true. Second, the spelling and grammar were inconsistent and dodgy. Security-conscious users should know these signs. Additionally, users should always be careful about what they download on their computer or mobile device.
The second scam tries to tempt users into clicking on malware. So far reports indicate that the scam focuses on members of overseas military or defense organizations. But scams like these can easily spread to other regions. According to The Economic Times of India, the WhatsApp messages link to files called “NDA-ranked-8th-toughest-College-in-the-world-to-get-into.xls” and “NIA-selection-order-.xls.”
The references to the official National Defense Academy (NDA) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) may make the files seem legitimate. But there’s dangerous malware behind the clickbait-like titles. Opening the files downloads malware that can steal usernames, passwords, PINs, and even banking information. Again, downloading files from an unknown sender can be dangerous.
Whether you’re on your computer or your phone:
THINK B4 U CLICK!