WhatsApp, beware of friends’ messages: new scam attempt

Beware of your friends’ messages on Whatsapp. In some cases, in fact, they could hide a real trap, capable of endangering your current account.


The last few months have been marked by the impact of Covid which unfortunately continues to have repercussions on our lives, both from the point of view of relationships economic than social. In this regard, it is possible to note how there has been an increasingly massive use of the various digital tools, through which it is possible to communicate with friends and relatives, even if physically distant. Starting from e-mails, passing through social networks, up to instant messaging app, in fact, we are really spoiled for choice. On the other hand, it is always good to pay attention to the various attempts at fraud.

Unfortunately, every day there are many traps that you risk having to deal with, through which criminals try to extort money from the unfortunate person on duty. A clear example of this is the scam of non-existent online insurance, or the fake 250 euro Ikea voucher. If all this were not enough, lately a new scam has been circulating on Whatsapp, particularly dangerous. The reason? The message is sent from a contact’s account in your address book. So let’s go into the details and see what there is to know about it.

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WhatsApp, beware of friends’ messages: this is how they steal your money

Whatsapp message (Adobe)

God look at me from friends, I look at me from enemies“, Says an old proverb. And indeed, given the recent scam circulating about Whatsapp, it is always good to pay special attention. It is, in fact, an attempt to deceive, which is carried out by sending messages from the account of a person whose profile is stolen. In this way the scammers are able to get in touch with the friends of the latter, and then empty their account.

To report this type of scam was a few days ago the Brescia Police Headquarters, in order to warn citizens. But how is this scam made? Well, after hacking a person’s profile, the cyber criminal sends messages that are all identical to contacts in the address book of the unfortunate on duty. The text of the message generally reads like this: “I bought from the internet but my credit card has expired. I can use yours and do I make a bank transfer?“.

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In this way, the recipient of the message is induced to communicate their credit card details, in order to help the sender of the message complete their purchase. In reality, however, this is not the case. To send the message, in fact, it is not your friend, but a scammer who thus manages to empty the account.

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