Be careful with the WhatsApp spam message that starts with 'Have you seen this?'


A few days back I received a message from one of my contacts on WhatsApp. The message read,
“OMG!! Have you seen this? link”

As you may have seen, the message does not say much but rather has a connection bearing the name of a popular online store. I didn't tap on it because I knew it was a WhatsApp spam message. Be that as it may, I'd get a kick out of the chance to enable you to understand what might most probably happen in the event that you tap on the connection.

• First, you are taken to a site that 'looks' like a popular online store
• Then, you are provoked to play a game like 'Spin a Wheel' where you can claim a prize contingent upon where the wheel's pointer stops
• After you spin the wheel, suppose you win a smartphone. Presently, to claim the prize, you are told to share your happiness about winning the prize with at least 5 of your companions
• Once you do this, you are asked to install an app as the last advance before you can claim your prize
• You install the app yet nothing happens – you never get your blessing

All in all, what happened here?

The whole motivation behind the message was to take you to a fake site and make you install unwanted apps and thusly, the scammer was able to earn some cash. And because you shared the message with your companions, who may do exactly what you did, you have helped the scam spread to more individuals – which means more cash for the scammer. And no, nobody gets any blessing because there wasn't any regardless.

What's most noticeably bad?
Tapping on joins in such messages may take you to a traded off site page that can quietly drop an infection on your telephone. And this infection can be utilized to steal your personal and confidential information (contacts, emails, messages, bank account details, and so forth.) or hijack your telephone itself.

Other similar WhatsApp spam messages

Have you seen this? 321xa[dot]com
? See this
? See this now Amazon.2sales[dot]co
Spin The Lucky Wheel!
? Look Amazon.125xc[dot]com

What's the lesson to be learned here?

With all the merriments around, it is basic for us to get messages about offers and rebates from huge brands and online stores. While you should make the greater part of such offers, stay cautious of scams, for example, the one depicted above. Assuming nothing, take after this one lead – never tap on joins in messages that sound energizing, promotional, strange or unusual. At whatever point you get a message of this nature, ask about it with the sender and then take an appropriate action. As an added measure, secure your telephone with a reliable versatile antivirus app.

On the off chance that you have gotten such messages in the past or get one later on, do tell us about it; we'll put it up on our blog. Stay safe!