Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been flooded with several scammed messages lately, be it about demonetization, free recharges, or unlimited data or voice calls. Almost everyone uses WhatsApp, and some or the other time would have received such tempting forward messages from friends.
Scammers have opted WhatsApp as the platform to try on their malicious activities and affected the users and their personal information. Most often these long forwarded messages offering free services specially comes with a link, clicking on which is highly risky for the users.
However, most of us have received such hoax messages and have fallen prey to them by clicking on the link that comes along with the message. Which in turn indicates that the cunning scammers have trapped a lot of WhatsApp users tempting them with free offers.
Considering the growing number of such scammed WhatsApp messages, we at GizBot have come up with 5 simple tips to follow to protect yourself from such messages.
FREE and UNLIMITED Messages are Usually Fake
Most WhatsApp messages stating to offer free and unlimited services are usually fake and shouldn't be trusted upon. For instance, considering a recent message said to be sent by BSNL and Airtel offering unlimited 4g data, free voice calls and more is absolutely fake and should be ignored.
Check For Spelling Errors
Well, authorized messages will be accurate and there will not be any spelling error. However, if there is any in a forwarded WhatsApp message, there is a high chance that the message might be a scam. Beware.
Is there a Link?
Usually, an official forwarded message will nor have a link, and just in case if it has, checks for the link. For instance, in the recently circulated BSNl unlimited offer message, the link mentioned was http://bsnl.co/sim, however, the official BSNL website's URL is http://www.bsnl.in/.
Hence this indicates that the message is a spam and shouldn't be entertained or further forwarded.
Confirm With Official Source
Before believing any such WhatsApp messages stating that a telecom operator is offering unlimited and free services, the first thing that should be done before relying on such messages is to confirm with an official source, websites or any other.
Avoid These Kind of Messages
WhatsApp messages promising free recharge, unlimited services, forward this to 10 WhatsApp users, WhatsApp shutting down and more should be ignored completely.