WhatsApp is, without a doubt, the most popular messaging application for iOS. Needless to say, it’s often the target of hackers and scammers who want to make a quick buck off of unsuspecting users.
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New Paid Subscription Scam
Earlier, users had to shell out 0.99$ yearly to use WhatsApp messenger. The subscription model was junked as soon as Facebook took the reins of the world’s most popular messenger.
According to a new message, it seems that WhatsApp has again begun charging users for their service. However, no such announcement has been made by official sources yet.
Here’s how the scam subscription message looks like –
Here is why we think this clever WhatsApp email will catch people out: https://t.co/5O1kf7bY1N 🎣 #FraudFriday pic.twitter.com/s94Sxjtv0i
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) July 14, 2017
Although it looks very authentic, it should be quite clear by now that this message is bogus.
It urges the user to renew their subscription as it is about to end. The user then completes the transaction by providing his bank details and the scammer gets the money.
Is WhatsApp still free?
Just like Facebook, WhatsApp is free and will always be. They have no plans to introduce paid plans anytime in the future as well.
Thankfully, Action Fraud UK cyber crime center has already alerted all users to beware of this scam. This is not the first time it has been the target of scammers. Here’s another scam that was pestering users not too long ago.
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