WhatsApp scam: Suggestions to avoid falling for an attractive message

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This is the new message that is sent to WhatsApp users apparently for criminal purposes.

The WhatsApp messaging application is the most widely used in the world, which makes it “attractive” for criminals looking for forms of fraud such as a recent one in which many are falling. 

It should be noted that millions of people rely on WhatsApp to have private conversations and exchange personal information. Its success is such that it is now also common for companies to use it to contact customers.

Recalls the false messages that want to make the user believe that some company is celebrating its anniversary and will award prizes if you follow a series of steps, including forwarding the message, clicking on a link and sharing data to receive your reward. 

What is the new scam on WhatsApp?

However, now the new scam circulating on WhatsApp has nothing to do with winning tennis or air time, but with the possibility of obtaining a great job in one of the most recognized companies in the world: Amazon. 

It’s not uncommon for companies to contact each other through WhatsApp, but if you get a job offer that, in addition to looking too good, you simply didn’t apply for it, be careful. 

And it is that in recent weeks many users reported that they received a message on WhatsApp offering them to work at Amazon. 

The number from which it comes is not verified, that is, it is any number, which cannot be directly related to the company. 

Remember that when it comes to business, WhatsApp warns that we are communicating with a company and that it is a Business profile. 

What do they offer in the attractive message on WhatsApp?

The previous point could already make us suspicious, but what if it is a Human Resources employee who is contacting us from his personal number? 

As shared by users on networks, the message offers a salary of 20 to 80 thousand USD per month , with a job that will only take you 1 hour a day. 

We are an Amazon network marketing alliance. We are hiring a part-time team as long as you have a smartphone. One hour a day. Monthly salary from 20,000 to 80,000 USD. WhatsApp ….

Anyone would be interested in applying for such a job, but “if it’s too good to be true , it’s most likely a lie.”

And in this case it is. At Tech Bit we also detected another message offering the same salary for a part-time job where it is only specified that it is necessary to be over 22 years old, but not the company offering the job. 

What can happen if you open the message in WhatsApp?

There are not a few people who received the message, so the Mexico City Cyber ​​​​Police has already issued an alert asking to ignore these job offers. 

In case you click on the link that comes in the message or contact the person who wrote you, you are risking being scammed. 

Criminals could steal your data and then extort money from you or impersonate your identity. Or your cell phone could end up with a virus that can do everything from showing you ads to obtaining all your information. 

What number to call if you detect a possible scam message?

Therefore, the recommendation is not to open any link, not to reply to the message or call the sender; block and report the number or from the WhatsApp applicatio

What do you think?

Written by Geekybar

Linguist-translator by education. I have been working in the field of advertising journalism for over 10 years.

For over 7 years in journalism. Half of them are as editor. My weakness is doing mini-investigations on new topics.


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