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Beware of "Whats!App Subscription Expired" Phishing Scams

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Beware of "Whats!App Subscription Expired" Phishing Scams

WhatsApp users who have received email, text or social messages like the one below, which claim that their subscriptions have expired, are asked to delete them and should not follow the instructions in them. This is because WhatsApp is free and the messages are fakes, created by cyber criminals to trick WhatsApp users into visiting a fraudulent website that will steal their credit card and personal information. Remember, there is no WhatsApp subscription.

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A Sample of the "Whats!App Subscription Expired" Phishing Scam

From: Whats!App <customer@villa.edu>

Date: 4 September 2017 at 13:59:54 BST

Subject: Whats!App Subscription Expired code: 043216657

Whats!App Subscription Expired

Hello,

WhatsApp is free to use for the first year.

Once the free one - year trial period ends,

there is an annual subscription fee of £0.89 GBP.

Click here to subscribe and continue using our app.

Thank you for supporting Whatsapp.

WhatsApp users who have already been tricked by the fraudulent email messages are asked to contact their banks for help. They should let their banks know that they have unknowingly used their credit cards on a fraudulent website operated by cyber criminals.

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Remember to forward malicious or phishing email messages to us at the following email address: info@onlinethreatalerts.com

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  • Posted: Dec 4, 2017 by an anonymous user from or near: Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

    Someone has posted this mail from our domain to different people. This must be from a software as email id used is actually a mailing list. Please suggest next steps.

    delete


    • Posted: Dec 4, 2017 by info

      Not because the emails appear as if it came from your domain mean they were sent from it. The scammers may have sent the emails from somewhere else but spoofed the "From" email address to make them appear as if it came from your domain.

      But, if you still think the emails were sent from your domain, try changing all of your account passwords.

      delete


  • Posted: Oct 30, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: WhatsApp Inc. [mailto:elmo@gotonets.com]
    Sent: 30 October 2017 12:44
    Subject: Customer ID - 317937137

    Dear - Whats!App Subscription Expired

    WhatsApp is free to use for the first year.462377755

    Once the free one - year trial period ends,588773022 there is an annual subscription fee of £0.89 GBP.353146424

    Click Here to subscribe and continue using our app.

    Thank you for supporting WhatsApp.200418730

    2017 © WhatsApp Inc.
    Privacy & Terms"

    delete


  • Posted: Sep 6, 2017 by info

    Here is another scam:

    "From: Whats!App <news@villa.edu>
    Date: 5 September 2017 at 19:50:18 BST
    To: <campbell.dongola@blueyonder.co.uk>
    Subject: Whats!App Subscription Expired - code: 957520883

    WhatsApp subscription expires in 48 hours."

    delete


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