Don’t tap on that link! Warning over latest WhatsApp scam


Users are being warned to be on the lookout for the latest WhatsApp scam.

The scam, which is currently targeting users in the UK, Australia and Europe claims they will need to start paying to use the service.

A message appears which says that the users’ free “subscription has expired” and then encourages them to click on a link.

Sadly, this type of scam tends to get spread quickly between users, despite it not being overly convincing.

The messaging platform stopped charging a subscription fee several years ago and is free to download and use. The problem is, some may not realise this.

“Your subscription has expired.” the UK version of the scam reads.

“To verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GBP simply tap on this link.”

The best advice we can give you if you have received this message is to DELETE it.

Don’t forward it to anyone even if it is just to seek their advice and block the sender so that they can’t contact you again.

To block the number just open the conversation and press ‘Block’. Reporting it as Spam will also be useful.

If you’ve already clicked on the link, you should protect yourself by running antivirus software on your phone as soon as you can.


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