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The Whatsapp scam you need to look out for

WhatsApp users are being warned of a scam which is defrauding users out of parting with their personal details.

And now there are warnings of a similar phishing scam involving messages that appear to come from Argos.

If you've already clicked one of the malicious links, Action Fraud advises clearing your website browsing history and deleting all cookies.

The scam has spread across the United Kingdom and Ireland in recent days, with variations on the retailer who is supposedly giving away vouchers for nothing; some say 'Asda', some say 'Argos', others say 'Topshop' - but all of them are bogus. "Enjoy and thanks me later!".

The messages appear to be sent from a normal WhatsApp account, with the sender's name appearing but created to dupe recipients into clicking on the link in the message.

In reality, all it did was install risky malware onto devices.

The fake WhatsApp messages appear as if they have been sent by someone in your contacts - such as a friend or family member.

Follow WhatsApp's advice for staying safe whilst using the messaging service.

Fraudsters are sending out fake Sainsbury's and Topshop voucher deals through WhatsApp that appear to have been sent by a trusted contact.

"You can also send reports of spam to WhatsApp by contacting us from inside the app". Alternatively, use the online fraud reporting tool here.



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