4/18/2018 4:29:56 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
The police have warned WhatsApp users in Singapore to be on their guard against a new scam in which they could lose access to their accounts, which could then be used to con their friends and relatives by the scammers.
There have been such cases, the Singapore Police Force said on April 18.
Victims would first receive a WhatsApp message from one of their contacts, whose WhatsApp account might have been compromised. The message asks for WhatsApp account verification codes sent to the victims through SMS.
"The victims would subsequently lose access to their WhatsApp account once the WhatsApp verification codes are sent to the scammers," the police said.
The police said a variant of the scam has been reported overseas where the scammers used the hacked accounts to deceive the account holders' contacts into purchasing gift cards and sending over the password for the cards. The scammers then sold the gift cards online.
The police advised people to beware of unusual requests received over WhatsApp, even if they were sent by their WhatsApp contacts.
“Always call your friend personally to verify the authenticity of the request if in doubt,” the police added, encouraging users to enable the “two-step verification” feature that would prevent others from compromising their WhatsApp account.
Anyone with more information on such scams can call the police hotline at 1800-255-0000, or dial 999 for urgent police assistance.
One can also call the National Crime Prevention Council's anti-scam helpline at 1800-722- 6688 or visit www.scamalert.sg.