A new phishing mail wave announces that the WhatsApp subscription has expired. Since 2016 the Messenger is free. The senders of the message collect not only personal information but also data about credit and mobile phone numbers.
Criminals adapt to current apps & trends
Snapchat, Tiktok and WhatsApp. All apps that are enjoying increasing popularity. Especially the latter is the app that enables connection nowadays. When the family is organizing family parties, work colleagues are forming groups or students are sharing the exam reconstructions via broadcast lists – without WhatsApp one notices how hung out one would be without it.
The Instant Messenger will soon be celebrating its 10th anniversary. In the digital age it’s actually a retirement age. Many networks don’t survive such a time. At WhatsApp, there’s no sign of this at the moment. In the beginning the Instant Messenger was liable to pay the costs – but very cheap. With approx. 0,79 – 1,29 EUR / year the service was substantially more favorable than e.g. the dispatch of several SMS. Since 2016 the service is free for all platforms. However, not everyone has actively noticed this change.
WhatsApp subscription terminated – criminals put pressure on!
Suddenly no longer communicate via WhatsApp! A big problem – in the private sector the messenger dominates the market. Criminals work with this fear. The message asks you, as usual, to click on a link to an external website. There is a need for action, the account is closed and cannot be reactivated in the worst case.
A click on the given link leads to a website operated by fraudsters. The input of personal information leads to further spam and phishing emails. If information about credit card and mobile phone numbers is filled in, the operator or credit institution should be informed.
Clicking on the link alone should be avoided. Visits to the website may be recorded. Information that is entered – but not sent – can still be stolen.
Fraud with and on WhatsApp is on the increase!
WhatsApp as a means of communication has enjoyed increasing popularity for years. Pupils receive good feedback about the importance of a network or an app. WhatsApp has been the most widely used and valued app for years.
The communication channel “WhatsApp” is gradually being opened up to companies. The web interface in particular is also enabling criminals to attack more and more. Wrong messages, chain letters, attachments and other scams also increasingly work in this way.