Nov 29, 2022

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SAPS warns of WhatsApp ‘hijacking’ scam doing the rounds

SA Police Service (Saps) has warned of a WhatsApp scam that could “hijack” your account and steal personal information.

< p>Users receive a text message from someone who claims they accidentally sent a six-digit code. The person will ask the user to urgently share this code.

“Hi, I’m sorry, I accidentally texted you a six-digit code. can you transfer it to me It’s urgent,” reads the text that users receive.

Some users have already fallen for this scam in which a person’s personal and intimate information is shared with scammers


Saps urged users to keep their WhatsApp accounts safe and two-step verification for their accounts to activate.

“If you send an SMS with a six-digit code, you should not share this code with anyone. If you send this code to a scammer, they can log into your WhatsApp account.”

This latest scam adds to a growing number of scams the public is being warned about was warned.

Earlier this year, the SA Revenue Service (Sars) warned taxpayers about a WhatsApp scam targeting their personal information.

This is after Sars saw a surge in complaints about scammers posing as IRS officials and asking for taxpayers’ personal information through the instant messaging app.

Scammers were said to have used a variety of deceptive methods to trick taxpayers into unknowingly providing them with personal information that will be used to defraud them and Sars will result in you having increased tax liabilities to Sars have and even been the subject of a criminal U examination. You must be vigilant at all times and protect your personal information from falling into the hands of scammers,”Saars.

< strong>What should I look out for with WhatsApp?

The person contacting you may claim to work at Sars – using the name of a Person working at Sars – and will state they are contacting you on behalf of the tax authorities.

“WhatsApp and similar messages and SMS may contain links that you are encouraged to click. These links may contain trojans that scammers use to gain access to your device in order to steal personal information from you.

“These links may be marked as ‘Outstanding Debt’ , ‘Final Demand’ or anything that will force you to click on the link and may also contain trojans to gain illegal access to your device.

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