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  • WhatsApp scams have claimed millions of victims around the world. By far the most popular messenger on mobile phones, with more than 1.5 billion users, the app is the stage for spam of all kinds: memes, chains, promises of gifts and false promotions, discounts or coupons and, more recently, rumors and fake news. Some go beyond bothering and misrepresenting reality with hoaxes and fake news, stealing data or inducing them to register their phone number with paid SMS services. The good news is that avoiding falling for fraud can be simple if you are a good observer. Five security tips against scams on WhatsApp Be wary of messages that have spelling or grammatical errors and that ask you to tap on a particular link to gain an advantage; Avoid replying to messages that ask you to forward personal information such as: credit card number, bank account, birthday, password, etc; Do not operate the network of lies. Avoid requests to forward the message; Suggested (and shortened) links are dangerous, can lead to fake websites, malicious forms, installation of unsolicited APKs or even executable .exe files and plugins if using WhatsApp Web on the computer; You will not need to pay to use WhatsApp, which is a free application. Avoid falling into this and other myths that promise new or premium features. In addition to the tips, the platform offers a security section that explains some privacy and encryption features of WhatsApp. Beware of chains Because of end-to-end encryption, which protects the user and also the spammer, WhatsApp claims that it does not have the key that gives access to the content of messages. Therefore, it is not possible to track or block chains - the most common (and efficient) way in which WhatsApp scams are disseminated. The messenger also does not make a prior analysis of the links sent. It remains for the receiver to decide whether to open it or not. It is true that WhatsApp tests a tough-guy who warns you when the message has been forwarded with a “forwarded many times” alert (shared many times, in Portuguese). The appeal, however, is still in the testing phase and has not been confirmed. Scams on WhatsApp almost always spread lying information to provoke some type of behavior that will only be beneficial to the author. If a message seems suspicious or if the content is "too good to be true", take a break. Do not touch, share or forward without first analyzing the situation. Report as spam Chains may or may not come from people you know. If the message is from a number that is not in your phonebook, when you receive the first, you will have the option to report it as spam. You can report a number or group as a spammer. And why is this important? Because this is the only way that the complaint reaches the “moderation” of WhatsApp. “We banned accounts that we believe to be in violation of our terms of service. We reserve the right to ban your account without prior...
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