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Urgent warning to WhatsApp users over new scam which can empty bank account

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Original article from Kent Live

WhatsApp users have been urged not to click on a message which could rinse their bank account.

The platform, owned by Facebook, has seen its users hit with a fresh warning.

Concern over the worrying scam has been raised by tech safety experts, who say fraudsters are attempting to steal cash from unwitting victims.

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Scam messages have been detected by security researchers in the east of Europe, and as a result WhatsApp users are being told to exercise caution, as BirminghamLive reports.

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They have been warned to stay vigilant of the fraudulent messages.

Anti-virus provider Kaspersky Lab has warned: "Unexpected parcels requiring payment by the recipient remained one of the most common tricks this past quarter.

"The reason for the invoice from the 'mail company' could be anything from customs duties to shipment costs.

"When trying to pay for the service, as with compensation fraud, victims were taken to a fake website, where they risked not only losing the amount itself (which could be far higher than specified in the email), but also spilling their bank card details."

“As in the past, we’re seeing attackers take advantage of new trends and disruptions to steal money and credentials, whether that’s a growing user of messengers or continued problem with mail delivery amidst a pandemic," said Kaspersky's Tatyana Shcherbakova.

"Spam and phishing schemes are still some of the most effective ways to launch successful attacks because they play on human emotion.

"The best thing users can do is be wary of any unexpected emails and be very careful about clicking on any email attachments or links – go to the website directly."

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