A new scam on WhatsApp claims to offer a pink-themed version of the popular messaging app. Often forwarded to users, the message promises several additional features, such as changing the chat background colour and adding new emojis.
However, the link in the message leads to a malicious app that can steal personal data, including banking details, access one-time passwords (OTPs), photos, and contacts. Once the app is installed, it can also give the scammers complete control over the victim’s device.
The scam has been around for a few years but resurfaced recently. Cybersecurity experts have warned users to be wary of messages offering a “pink version” of WhatsApp.
How to Protect Yourself
There are a few things you can do to protect yourself from the WhatsApp Pink scam:
- Never click on links in messages from unknown senders.
- Be suspicious of any messages that promise new features or functionality unavailable in the official WhatsApp app.
- Only download apps from trusted sources, such as the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
- Keep your device’s software up to date.
If you think you may have been infected with the WhatsApp Pink scam, you should immediately:
- Remove the infected app from your device.
- Change your passwords for any accounts that the scammers accessed.
- Scan your device for malware.
Reporting the Scam
If you receive a message about the WhatsApp Pink scam, you can report it to WhatsApp by following these steps:
- Open the WhatsApp app.
- Tap on the three dots in the top right corner.
- Select “Settings”.
- Tap on “Help”.
- Tap on “Report a Problem”.
- Select “Other” and then “Spam or Phishing”.
- Enter a brief scam description and then tap “Send”.
You can also report the scam to your local law enforcement agency.
These tips can help protect yourself from the WhatsApp Pink scam and other malware attacks. Be aware of the latest scams, and be careful about what links you click on. If you think you may have been infected, take steps to remove the malware and protect your accounts.