WhatsApp plagued by new voice scam
On WhatsApp, scammers use and abuse schemes to lure users into their net. Everyone knows their trick of using bogus ads to extract users' personal data. Today, hackers are using a whole new scheme.
According to our colleagues from the Gadgets Now site, scammers now use a voice scam to target WhatsApp users. They randomly choose numbers to which they send a voice note via the messaging service in which it announces to them that they have won 2,500,000 Rs, or about 33,000 dollars, in the lottery.
Obviously, this is a trap to extract money from the accounts banking victims.
A voice noteinviting you to contact the State Bank of India
In the world we live in now, receiving a voicemail message out of nowhere telling you that you have won the lottery seems pretty dodgy. However, people who are not aware of the existence of such scams easily fall for it.
On WhatsApp, scammers take advantage of the gullibility of these scams. users. In this new voice scam, they ask people who have won the lottery to contact the State Bank of India (SBI) in Mumbai to claim their due. However, they make it clear in their voice note that it is important to only contact the Mumbai branch manager via WhatsApp. This should already put the tip in the ears of users.
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Protect your banking information
Once the victims, convinced to have actually won in the lottery, contact the person in charge in question, they will be asked to pay initial fees or taxes to be able to pocket their winnings. If they go all the way by paying this amount, their bank account will be completely emptied by the scammers.
In another scenario, the scammers ask users to install a malicious application which is used to steal their personal data. Lottery scams are not new. As the site Gadgets Now points out, they return every October to enjoy the broadcast of the Indian show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).
The most amazing in the story is that there are always so many people to be had.
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