- It is a new scam to access your contents.
- Never share OTP with anyone.
- Protect your device and WhatsApp account with biometric features and two factor authentication.
WhatsApp is the world’s most favourite instant messaging application and the same allows users to connect with their near and dear ones and also to carry out their official things. The social networking platform also reduces the gap between the family members as well as the client’s, as now we can able to make video calls and phone calls and also now you guys can able to send and receive money on the board.
This speciality and huge demand in the market makes the instant messaging application dangerous as well in certain situations. We came across many scams on WhatsApp and that is developed or created by hackers to steal your information.
Now a new scam has been started and many users reported the same and that is WhatsApp OTP scam which is very dangerous and it also makes you helpless to do anything before something unwanted happens.
What is WhatsApp OTP scam
As the name suggests, the scam is totally related to the OTP and you may get a message from someone who will act like your friend and he will say that he is going through some emergency or a bad condition and you will receive an OTP and that particular person will ask you to send the that OTP in the chat for some reason.
If you provide that particular OTP to the person then you will lose your access to your WhatsApp account and that person will get access to your WhatsApp account and all the other important information as well as other contents.
How could this possible
It is a natural thing and there is no groundbreaking technology in this particular scam. Whenever we change our smartphone or reinstall WhatsApp on the device, we get an OTP to authenticate our number and the same setup is happening here as well. The person who is acting as your friend is trying to install WhatsApp on his device and logging in with your mobile number and the OTP which he asking from you is to verify your mobile number on his mobile phone.
What will be the effect
When you provide the OTP he can able to login into your account and this will enable him to access your important information which you pass through your account and the personal movements which you share with your near and dear ones.
That particular person can able to misuse your contents or he/she can able to blackmail you for your personal moments.
What can I do
You just need to follow the simple formula, as you don’t give the OTP to the person and also make sure that your device as well as WhatsApp account is secured. You can able to protect your device and the WhatsApp account by using the biometric features which is widely available on the current devices as you can able to use the fingerprint sensor or Face Unlock to unlock the account and you can also make sure that your smartphone is locked with the above mentioned features.
So stay away from the Whatsapp OTP scam and never share your OTP with anyone. If you are someone who faced this scam then do let us know in the comments section below and stay tuned with us for more interesting information from the world of Technology at your fingertips.