WhatsApp users need to be aware of the latest big high street name to be used by scammers trying to steal your personal details and infect your devices with malware. There is a fake JD Sports WhatsApp message promising £215 of vouchers to celebrate their 50th birthday, simply click on the link…… This is just another phishing scam designed to steal personal data and potentially download malware. According to Norton more than 17 million British citizens were hit by cybercrime in 2017.
DO NOT CLICK ON LINKS FROM ANYBODY THAT YOU ARE NOT 100% CONFIDENT IS GENUINE. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO GO SEPARATELY TO THEIR WEBSITE
Tips and Advice
- Don’t Click – on any link in an email that you are not 100% sure is genuine, always go independently to their website and log in to execute any action.
- Don’t reply – to any message that you are suspicious of.
- Don’t – be pressured into acting quickly, this is a ‘red flag’ and sign of a scam.
- Keep safe – never give your Pin, passwords or banking codes to anyone requesting them.
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are talking to.
- Report it! – If you receive such a message report it to WhatsApp using the app, go to Settings>Help>Contact us.
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details.
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe.
Reassura is dedicated to helping raise awareness of scams and fraud along with the impact they have on their victims. Reassura’s team of specialist anti-fraud advisors are here to help members make better decisions and avoid falling victim to scams and fraud.
For further information or for advice and assistance regarding any potential scam, call Reassura on 0800 888 6400