New WhatsApp Scam Tricks Users to Verify Account by Paying 0.99 GBP

by Karthik Iyer 1

WhatsApp, which is one of the most popular messaging platforms in the world right now, is also a home to a countless number of scams happening around. Be it fake messages that keep circulating around or any other type of scams, WhatsApp users are easily targetted across the globe. Recently, we had reported about two such scams where we saw how fake messages are being circulated to lure users into paying money or click on ads, etc. And now, we have yet another report which again does something very similar.

According to the new reports which we have, it looks like now the scammers are trying to charge users for using the messaging service by faking subscription fee. Yes, this is now a new way of targeting people. Apparently, people are being targetted by a fake message which reads ‘Your Subscription has expired, and to verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GBP by simply tapping this link”.

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Well, as we all know already, WhatsApp is a free to use service and there is no subscription fee that is required now to use the service. Yes, a few years ago, WhatsApp did require users to pay a nominal fee to use, but that is not the case anymore. Hence, this is nothing but a fake message using which the spammers are trying to gather your payment details. Once you tap on the link, it will ask you to enter the payment details to pay. And since most people don’t know this, once they try to pay this 0.99 GBP, the payment details will be tracked.

And just like we have been suggesting you, one should not take these kinds of messages seriously unless and until you have done a good amount of research on the same. So if you are one of those who has received this message, then we suggest you delete the message immediately. On the other hand, if you have already clicked the link for some reason unknowingly, then quickly run an antivirus software to ensure that your device is not infected with any kind of malware.

Having said that, we would like to know your thoughts on these kinds of messages. Have you ever received these kinds of fake/ spam messages and if yes, then what did you do? Be sure to let us know by dropping a comment down below and also, stay tuned to PhoneRadar for more updates like this.

Source – Independent

Karthik Iyer

Karthik is a Computer Science Graduate and a Tech Aficionado who has always found himself fascinated or playing around with all the latest and the best from the world of smartphones and beyond. When he is not working on any smartphone or covering the latest scoop, you can often find playing his favorite PS4 titles.