WhatsApp Update or Add-on SMS Scam Targeting South African Mobile Users

WhatsApp Update or Add-on SMS Scam Targeting South African Mobile Users

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If you have received the message: "You have not updated to the latest WhatsApp Add-ons. Click here now," please do not follow the instructions in it. The message is a scam created to trick mobile users into unknowingly signing up for a service that will charge them a monthly fee. Please delete the message if you have received it or report it to your mobile provider if you are a victim.

The Fake WhatsApp Update or Add-on SMS Message

WhatsApp Addon SMS Scam

You have not updated to the latest WhatsApp Add-ons. Click here now
www.bzm. tv/br/7bff9628/yl3xC7
(FREE MSG) 31655 optout dial 0110621424

If the link in the message is clicked, it will take you to the following website:

WhatsApp Addon SMS Scam

The website will mislead potential victims into clicking on the "Continue" without reading the fine print, thinking they are upgrading WhatsApp or installing an Add-on. But, what they are actually doing is signing up for a premium Social Networking service and agreeing to pay R7 (South African dollar) per day.

Here is the fine print:

Subscription R7/day

Buddiechat is a social network with premium features such as mobile downloads, dating, image rating, creating and sharing.

The charges or fees will show up on the victims’ monthly mobile bills.

If you are a victim of the WhatsApp scam, please report it to your mobile service provider immediately.

Never click on a link or button to update your WhatsApp. WhatsApp will update itself automatically on most or all devices. But, if you want to update it manually, you may follow the instructions below:

How to update WhatsApp Manually

  • Open WhatsApp
  • Go to Options
  • Go to Settings
  • Go to About
  • Go to Options again
  • Click Check for upgrade

Follow the instructions on your screen to update WhatsApp.

You may also update WhatsApp manually by going to the following link: whatsapp.com/download

Note: Some of the names, addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers or other information in samples on this website may have been impersonated or spoofed.

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  • October 17, 2016 at 1:24 AM by an anonymous user from Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

    Please can you stop all subscriptions from my nr. I keep getting subscription messages from your side and keeps taking up my airtime. I never subscribed to the website.




    • October 17, 2016 at 8:43 AM by info

      Please contact your service provider for help. The messages you are receiving seem to be sent by spammers.


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WhatsApp Update or Add-on SMS Scam Targeting South African Mobile Users