Be wary of this popular WhatsApp scam; it can get you in trouble

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There is a simple yet very dangerous scam that hackers are currently using to bypass WhatsApp security and hack into your account. if 91Mobiles reported, scammers call their targets and ask them to call a specific number, and when they do, hackers gain easy access to their WhatsApp accounts.

As Rahul Sasi, the founder and CEO of CloudSEk – a contextual AI company that predicts cyber threats – revealed, hackers will try to convince you to pick 10-digit numbers starting with “**67* or *405*”. Since phone numbers starting with these numbers are used by carriers around the world, victims are less likely to suspect a scam and be more likely to call the number.

If scammers trick you into calling such a phone, they will immediately gain access to the contacts on your account before you even realize you’ve been hacked. Then they usually extort you for money in exchange for your personal information.

How can you protect yourself from this scam?

The best way to protect your personal information from such attacks is to enable 2-Step Verification for your WhatsApp account and create a password or PIN to log in. If a stranger asks you to call an unknown number, stop and consider if this is a scam.

You should know that this method is not exactly new, nor is it specific to WhatsApp. There have been similar attacks on other platforms in the past as well. So whether you use WhatsApp or not, the above rules still apply.

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