WhatsApp has become a go-to messaging app for billions of people around the world. However, scammers are always on the lookout for new ways to exploit the platform and steal people’s hard-earned money.
The latest scam to hit WhatsApp involves unsuspecting users receiving calls from international numbers that appear to be from countries like Ethiopia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kenya, Vietnam, and others.
While it may seem like the calls are originating from these countries, scammers can easily manipulate the caller ID to make it appear as if the call is coming from another location.
This is done by using virtual numbers that can be obtained for a small fee and used to make WhatsApp calls from anywhere in the world without incurring any international call charges.
Several Twitter users have reported receiving multiple calls from international numbers and have warned others to be wary of answering them. The best course of action is to ignore any unknown international calls and block the number to prevent future calls.
Scammers may try to extract personal information or steal money through various means, so it’s important to stay vigilant and not engage with them.
In addition to the international call scam, scammers are also using WhatsApp to offer fake job opportunities. They pose as representatives from reputable companies and offer part-time jobs that can be done from home.
They may also lure victims by offering small rewards for completing a “task,” which can then lead to a much larger scam that costs victims a significant amount of money.
To avoid falling victim to these scams, it’s crucial to only interact with trusted individuals online and to never give out personal information or transfer money to a stranger on the internet.
If you receive a job offer through WhatsApp or any other messaging app, make sure to verify the legitimacy of the offer and the company before taking any action.
WhatsApp has taken steps to combat scams on its platform, such as implementing end-to-end encryption and limiting the number of times a message can be forwarded.
However, scammers are constantly finding new ways to bypass these measures, so it’s up to individual users to stay vigilant and protect themselves from these types of scams.