In recent times, the fraudulent activities of hackers and internet Fraudsters has experienced a massive increase. I wouldn’t know if it’s actually due to the Corona virus era or due to another different reason. I’m only aware that they’re upping their game and honing their fraudulent tactics.
Of all the social media applications which experience hacking or account cloning, WhatsApp seems to be the most affected of them all. This is probably because most people prefer WhatsApp to any other instant messaging app. The fact that WhatsApp also has a seperate Application for business called WhatsApp Business also plays a vital role in this. As a result of this, most of these hackers tend to most times focus on those WhatsApp accounts which were set up for business purposes. They do all sorts of outrageous things just to take hold of an individual’s WhatsApp business account so that they can pose as the real owner and scam the individual’s unsuspecting clients. I have actually seen this happen.
For this reason, there are a few things to be on the look out for and also a few things to do. However, if you suddenly receive a whatsapp verification code message, supposedly from WhatsApp, which you didn’t request for, there are several reasons why that could have occurred. Therefore, when you receive such messages, it could be because of these three reasons, It could mean that:
1. Someone has mistakenly entered your number as his/hers during WhatsApp registration. In this case, there’s really no cause for alarm anyway because the person will eventually realize his/her mistake.
2. Someone is trying to take over your account and as a security protocol, WhatsApp is sending you your code to alert you. In this case, the first thing to do is to check and double check if your 2-Step verification is working fully well. This 2-Step verification code gives your WhatsApp a stronger layer of protection because even if a hacker is able to get hold of your WhatsApp verification code, he/she won’t be able to get hold of your 2-Step verification code which is also 6 digits.
3. The hacker might actually be posing as WhatsApp and sending you a fake verification code which when you eventually click on the link provided, you unconsciously grant the hacker access to your WhatsApp and your contacts. This is really very risky.
In order to avoid all of this, make sure you activate your WhatsApp two-step verification. WhatsApp normally asks for the verification code at intervals in order to promote your WhatsApp security. Let’s be alert. Also, do not click on phony links which come into your phone’s message inbox. Furthermore, avoid sharing any Sensitive codes/information with anyone. Not everyone is trustworthy so it is better to be safe than sorry.
Please, like, share and comment on this post. Some of us have been victims of this hacking thing. Infact, someone actually tried to hack my WhatsApp business account yesterday. That was what inspired this article. In the meantime, may Fraudsters and hackers never find us, Amen! Thanks for reading!