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The latest WhatsApp scam: beware if a contact sends you a six-number code

WhatsApp scams are becoming more sophisticated and this one in particular employs a trusted contact to try to steal your WhatsApp account
The latest WhatsApp scam is very dangerous because it uses your trusted contacts. Be it your mother, your partner, your best friend or your coworker, you usually read what they put on you and trust you. That is why you must be very careful.

It is a chain attack that has already been active for several months and that feeds on scammed people in order to scam others. So if someone sends you a message saying something like “I sent you a 6-digit code by mistake. Can you pass it on to me?” Be completely suspicious.
This code is nothing but the WhatsApp identification code. And if they ask you about it, it is because someone is trying to break into your account using your phone number and they need those six numbers to verify that it is you. If you give it to him, he can completely impersonate you.

Thus, if your brother, for example, sends you that message and you do what that message tells you, suddenly you will lose access to your WhatsApp account and, suddenly, all your contacts are in danger of it happening to them. the same: your phone number will contact them all to try to keep their accounts too.
Beyond caution, the best thing you can do to avoid these theft attempts is to activate WhatsApp’s two-step verification.

This protection requires the use of an additional six-digit code, one that you choose yourself, such as a password that you must enter to access your account. Along with the random six-digit number WhatsApp generates when you log in, having this second filter makes it harder for them to access your account.

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