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WhatsApp Account Will Expire Soon Scam and Website hxxp://wspp .im

Date: December 07, 2013 9:39 AM - Views: 14,118 - Article ID:5242 - Comments: 18
WhatsApp Account Will Expire Soon Scam and Website hxxp://wspp .im

The text message or SMS below: "Your WhatsApp account (614########) will expire soon. Would you like a free one-year WhatsApp membership?” is a scam. The text message contains a link that goes to the website hxxp://wspp .im, which asks for your telephone number, and keeps doing so, even though you have entered a correct phone number. Whatever you do, please do not follow the instructions in this text message or on the website.

Here is a copy of the Text Message (SMS)

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Your WhatsApp account (614########) will expire soon.
Would you like a free one-year WhatsApp membership?

Activation link:
http://wspp .im/no/614########

Can't click on the link?

Click on the "Add" button on upper-right corner. Then click on "Create New Contact". Type "WhatsApp" as user name and save.

Close WhatsApp completely and restart. Open the message and click on the link!
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The text message above came from the telephone number 669-1784-4933.

This how the website hxxp://wspp.im/ looks

website hxxp://wspp.im/

website hxxp://wspp.im/

You haven't enter your phone number!
Type the exact URL you have got with the message.
Add your phone number to the end of the URL:
Ex. ( 61xxxxxxxxx )

The antivirus software maker AutoShun, classifies this website as suspicious.

The website hxxp://wspp .im, is not associated with WhatsApp and only collects telephone numbers, which the cybercriminals behind it will use to scam the holders of these numbers.

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Comments or Questions (18)

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  • Anonymous: 2 months, 1 week ago

    I received this message from 66 95 682 3592. I have blocked that number to prevent receiving further messages from this scammer.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    I would like to know if affects online banking etc?


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    Its really quite clever this one. The first message is harmless, but if you do as it asks, you add the sender of the message to your contacts as "WhatsApp". If a sender is in your contacts list, URLs are clickable.

    When you click the link, you tell them which of the 1000s of numbers they have spammed have done this.

    The malicious payload will be in the next message. This time It will appear to be officially from WhatsApp and be clickable.

    Be careful.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    The link I received is: hxxp://whtsp .in/au/61xxxxxxxx, and from the number 6695 864 5448.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

    How do they know your number?Which they give with the link?
    Which means they have your mobile number. I already... so whats the point in sending this.. I am not sure.


  • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

    I have clicked on the link then when I received special offers to win prizes realised it was a scam. What should I do?


    • info: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

      Just be careful when clicking on links.


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Just wondering what they can do with our number? I have already clicked on the links thinking it was real. Duh! But now I wonder what can happen. I have clicked on the link a few weeks ago...


    • info: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

      They may sell your telephone number to online marketers and other scammers. So, beware of telephone scams.


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Recently got similar scam sent to me offering "free one-year whatsapp membership" from
    phone no. 66956702300
    with activation link
    hxxp://whhh .in/my/with your number here

    It's a scam so don't click the link or follow instructions. you should block the number. this way whatsapp will be able to identify abuse of their network and deal with offenders and you will not be bothered by any messages from the blocked number again!


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    I just got a similar scam, but I didn't fall for it, one reason is that the web address is ends ".in"


  • Anonymous: 3 months, 4 weeks ago

    I also fell for this scam. Quite worried.


    • info: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

      Don't worry, just be careful next time. Always do your research before clicking on any links or following any instruction.


  • Anonymous: 4 months, 3 weeks ago

    I don't use Whatsapp much, so not knowing any better, followed the instructions. Now feeling very worried as well...


  • info: 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    These cybercriminals behind the scam may use your number to scam you or sell it to other scammers or marketers.


  • Anonymous: 4 months, 4 weeks ago

    I just got this message, did what it asked and had a bad feeling about it. What will these cybercriminals now do with my number?


    • Anonymous: 2 months, 4 weeks ago

      Just got this message. Total scam don't enter any details, just block the number and delete.
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      Your WhatsApp account "61400938656" will expire soon..
      Would you like a free-one-year WhatsApp membership?

      Activation link:
      http://whsap .in/au/61xxxxxxxxx

      Can't click on the link?

      Click on the "Add" button on upper-right corner. Then click on "Create New Contact". Type "WhatsApp" as user name and save.
      Close WhatsApp completely and restart. Open the message and click on the link!


      • Anonymous: 2 months, 3 weeks ago

        I just got a link and clicked on it but I realise it could be scam. I think I stand correct after reading this blog. What happen now? does this cause any security issue on my phone e.g. mobile banking or email or else ? Quit worries about it. Please help... What are the risks ? in above someone said that "These cybercriminals behind the scam may use your number to scam you" what is that mean when you say scam you?


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