WhatsApp has about 900 million users today.
Of these 900 million users, not everyone is a trustworthy user – there would be many users who are looking out to wreak havoc over other users and scam them.
Hackers and other cyber criminals might also be on board.
It was recently found that WhatsApp had some major security flaws that the developers fixed almost instantly.
This flaw was with the vCards.
However, this flaw was causing troubles only to the users of WhatsApp web, which is a web client.
This bug was immediately taken care of by the team.
This was not all, much recently, there has been another issue in WhatsApp.
This issue was first discovered by Better Business bureau.
As per the organization, in WhatsApp, the regular users are getting attacked by a scam.
Users have already been warned to ignore unknown messages and mails coming from the application that they are not aware of.
Links received from unknown contacts should not be clicked at all, so that the devices do not get infected.
Clicking on these links can cause you to get some malware installed on your devices that can cause personal, financial as well as technological issues.
As per the reports of the Better Business bureau, the new scams that have caused risk to user devices are actually passed on in the form of an email and the account that sends it from also has the name of WhatsApp.
However it is from a fake id and the subject line of the mail is “Incoming Voice Message” and there is a timestamp attached here.
As soon as the recipient opens the message, he will receive a prompt to listen to a missed voicemail.
This is the actual thing that effects your device when you proceed to check it.
The moment you open this voicemail message, the malware will start getting downloaded in the background.
It will then spread to your phone’s important files and start affecting the data and functioning of the phone in general.
Anyone can fall into this trap as they are bound to trust WhatsApp and will click on it.
However, WhatsApp has already issued a warning that such communications are not initiated unless it is in response to a query a user has posted.
If you fall prey to this scam, then you run a high risk of all your private data including texts, videos, photos as well as voice notes getting compromised.
Other personal information like banking details or even contacts can get hacked if they are stores on your phone.
These information, if received by the wrong hands, can jeopardize your personal identity and cause an identity theft.