WhatsApp Update or Add-on SMS Scam Targeting South African Mobile Users
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The Fake WhatsApp Update or Add-on SMS Message
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If the link in the message is clicked, it will take you to the following website:
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:
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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