The popular WhatsApp application is a prime target for hackers and scammers, so discovering the warning signs of dangerous messages can help you stay safe from any potential dangers.
In this regard, Brian Higgins, a security specialist at Comparitech Technology, said that scam messages often come from unknown numbers, and usually come in the form of official messages claiming to provide technical support for a fake problem, or messages claiming that the user won an award, according to What the British newspaper “The Sun” reported.
Therefore, beware of opening these three messages as soon as they arrive on WhatsApp, and they are as follows:
1- Delete messages from unknown contacts trying to urge you to interact, especially if they use poor language or wrong grammar, because they are usually translated from other languages into your native language via Google Translator.
The same goes for messages from known contacts but they look different than usual.
2- Never interact with unsolicited offers such as free gifts or rebates, even if they appear to come from a reputable brand especially if they ask you to provide personal details.
3- Avoid replying to any messages with clickable links that you were not expecting to receive.
To check the link, you can type it manually in another browser. Attackers may use special characters in the message to disguise a malicious link that at first glance appears to be a familiar or reputable site.