It would appear that scammers are getting their hands on WhatsApp’s verification codes.
There’s a group of scammers posing as friends and relatives asking for verification codes that they ‘accidentally’ sent to someone else’s phone number.
These codes are needed when you’re signing or making a new account on another phone.
That itself should sound dodgy, but because we think they are friends and family in need, we would think nothing of it.
Speaking to The New Paper, Tan said he was contacted one day by a friend asking to send over the verification code. The ‘friend’ told him that he accidentally entered Tan’s number.
Tan, who thought nothing of it, sent the verification code and within seconds, was locked out of his account.
24 hours after sending a report to WhatsApp, Tan managed to retrieve his account, but it was already too late by then. The hackers sent messages to his other contacts asking them for their verification numbers.
Tan said, “I started panicking and tried to log back in, but I ended up competing (virtually) with the hacker for control of the account.”
Sometimes these hackers would get into contact with someone you’re close with and even ask for money. The hackers could also view your work-related messages and sell this information on the dark web or competitors.
However, this is not an old issue. The Singapore Police Force has warned citizens of these scams as it has been happening for the past two years.
The police force had also released a statement in February 2020 saying that there have been at least 18 reports with the same issue reported since December 2019. The number might be more as there are some who have fallen victim to this scam but have not reported it.
If you ever find yourself in such a situation, it’s best to call first to verify. Either way, avoid entering another person’s number when verifying your WhatsApp account.
ที่มา : Mashable