Consistently new cases of online scams are getting revealed. The trend to take from people online has increased manifold and WhatsApp users are being targeted specifically because of the app’s popularity. This gives scammers the opportunity to go after a massive number of users at the same time. Now, the latest scam targetting WhatsApp users looks to dupe them of money in their bank accounts. This scam, which was revealed by Russian security researchers at Kaspersky, is all about package deliveries from companies. Presently, in the course of the most recent 2 years, since the time the Coronavirus pandemic hit the world and lockdowns were forced, everyone took to ordering products online. From medicines, food, furniture, electronic items to everything else, the trend to buy online has skyrocketed. No one wanted to leave their house and use cash as it carried a lot of risks. That mass population that is buying online is what cybercriminals are targetting.
How do scammers do it?
First of all, cybercriminals send messages to WhatsApp users saying they are from some notable delivery companies and that there are some packages that require to be delivered, and that they should click on the links to complete the process or make a small payment to ensure delivery is made. Kaspersky says that people should never tap on the links sent this way. They should attempt to remember whether they had requested anything when they did it and what happened thereafter. Scammers take advantage of the fact that most people do not pay attention and click without thinking and then mindlessly keep providing their personal financial information to the fraudsters. The elderly are especially in danger.
At the point when they click on these fake links, they go to sites that request more data or for payment against delivery. Debit cards, credit cards, net banking details are asked for from the users. However, under no circumstance should anyone supply this sensitive information.
Kaspersky said, “Unexpected parcels requiring payment by the recipient remained one of the most common tricks this past quarter.”
Basically, the security of users’ money lies, particularly in their own hands. They should never tap on fake links (always check who it is from) and above all, regardless of whether they land on some site that appears as though it has a place for a certain enormous social media organization or bank, don’t insert your usernames or passwords. And above all, do not provide your debit card details, especially the CVV number on any suspicious website.