WhatsApp Scam

Reassura’s anti-fraud specialists have become aware of this particularly nasty WhatsApp scam. Someone claiming to be a friend of a friend or someone just saying that they have a new number contacts you. When you ask/clarify who it is they send a photo in the form of a hyperlink. When you click on the message it shows pornographic images. Often the message is from “Olivia” but also frequently just from a number you do not recognise. Often aimed at children this is a very sinister scam.

DO NOT ENGAGE IN ANY WHATSAPP CHAT/CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE WHO YOU DO NOT KNOW AND NEVER CLICK ON A HYPERLINK FROM A STRANGER.

Tips and Advice

  • Don’t know them? – then do not reply.
  • New number? – if a contact sends you a message saying that they have a new number, call their old number and email them to check if it is genuine.
  • Don’t click! – as above, never click on a link any source that is not 100% above suspicion, it can lead to unwanted images or allow malicious software access to your phone.
  • Anti- virus Software – is just as important on your mobile as it is on your computer or tablet, check that it is switched on and up to date. This is particularly true for non-iPhones.
  • Protect your id – Always watch out for any situation where someone you do not know is asking you for personal information, your name, address and date of birth is enough for them to wreak havoc.
  • Report Spam – When you receive a WhatsApp message from an unknown sender or a spam message, when you press on the sender’s number you are given a list of options, the bottom one is “Report Spam”, always do this.
  • Block Sender – When you receive a WhatsApp message from an unknown sender or a spam message when you press on the sender’s number you are given a list of options, the penultimate one is “Block Contact”, always do this.
  • Read More – great article in the Express on this.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.

See also: The Reassura Video Guide to Vishing

and The Reassura Video Guide to Smishing

and The Reassura Guide to Phishing, Vishing, and Smishing Explained

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