The National Police warns of the return of the classic WhatsApp six-digit code scam, which is now being exploited by an alleged security arm of the application, which does not even exist.
Being the most popular instant messaging application is not always good news, because although having WhatsApp ensures that you can communicate with friends, family and co-workers, it also makes you more exposed to hypothetical security attacks.
In fact, one of the best known attacks is the six digit code, where a supposed contact asks you for the six-digit code that you have received via SMS and, by sharing it, you lose the account. We already explained in detail how the six-digit code scam worked in WhatsApp, and basically now it returns to the front page of the information.
Such is the importance that the National Police have been forced to notify on Twitter that this attack is being exploited right now and that it is related to something called “WhatsApp security arm”.
In this message, which you can read in the tweet, it basically indicates that you have fraudulently logged into WhatsApp, and that for this reason, when examining your account, they ask you to re-verifya, by sending back a six-digit code that you would have received by SMS. The classic six-digit code scam that we explained above.
– National Police (@policia) May 17, 2021
It is very easy to identify this message, because if you read it carefully it’s full of misspellings, and there are even some words that have not even passed well by the translator. It is impossible for an organization of this caliber, such as the supposed WhatsApp security division, to send a message with these flaws and perhaps poorly explained.
In this way, if you receive this message, or someone you know ends up receiving it during the next few days, you must ensure that the six-digit code is never shared that would have been received by SMS, because the account would be lost.
Sometimes our best weapon against this type of security attack is common sense, thus avoiding clicking on links that you receive through WhatsApp, even if it is sent to you by a known contact because you could end up falling into some kind of trap.