WhatsApp users warned of troubling new ‘hacking’ scam ahead of New Years Eve
WHATSAPP users have been put on high alert about a new scam being distributed on the chat app ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations worldwide. The scam is designed to trick users into believing they’ve been hacked by employing a particularly suspicious-looking message.
WhatsApp fans need to be on red alert as the New Year approaches, with a new scam emerging ahead of millions of chat app users relying on the Facebook-owned messaging platform to wish friends and family a happy 2021. This emerging WhatsApp scam sees users sent a series of suspicious-looking messages, which appears to show the progress of hackers trying to break into your account and steal your WhatsApp texts, photos, videos, and other key files.
However, as popular Twitter account @WABetaInfo has pointed out, there is no reason to fret – this is all an elaborate con devised by scammers in order to send alarm bells ringing and cause panic. @WABetaInfo, which has uncovered a number of unfinished WhatsApp features ahead of release by analysing the beta – so knows a thing or two about WhatsApp, states these messages aren’t proof that you’ve been hacked and advised people not to send scammers any money if they’re asked to.