According
to a message being distributed via cross-platform messaging service
WhatsApp, you can update to a cool blue version of WhatsApp by
following a link in the message.


If you do follow the link, you will be taken to a website that asks you to
enter your WhatsApp number and click an 'I agree! Continue' button to
get the 'trendy blue' update.




WhatsApp Blue Scam 1

After you enter your number as requested, the site performs an utterly fake
scanning process that supposedly validates your WhatsApp number. 


When the fake scan completes, a new screen will appear that claims that you
must click a 'User Verification' button to prove that you are an active
WhatsApp user.




WhatsApp Blue Scam 2

Clicking the button loads a 'User Verification' window that claims that you must
first invite at least 10 active friends or 3 groups and then, as a
final step, click a 'Human Verification' button. 




WhatsApp Blue Scam 3

Clicking the 'Invite' button creates a fresh version of the same scam message
that you can send to your friends. After you have sent off the
specified number of invites, you may then click the 'Human
Verification' button. 


But, another message will then appear that claims that you must complete one
of several available 'offers' before receiving your WhatsApp Blue
activation code.




WhatsApp Blue Scam 4

The offer links open dubious third-party websites that promise the chance
to win various prizes in exchange for supplying your personal
information and filling in surveys.


However, fine print on the pages will state that, by participating, you are
agreeing to share your information with other marketers. Thus, you may
soon begin receiving unwanted and annoying marketing phone calls,
emails, and surface letters. Some of the survey sites may try to trick
you into subscribing to very expensive SMS 'services' by providing your
mobile phone number. These subscriptions will charge you several
dollars for every text message they send and can be quite difficult to
unsubscribe from. 


Meanwhile, the scammers who created the fake WhatsApp update site will receive
commissions each time a user supplies their information on one of the
survey sites.


And, alas, no matter how many 'offers' you complete, you will never get the promised 'activation' code or the 'blue' update.

Surveys scams like this one are very common on Facebook and are now more frequently targeting WhatsApp users as well.



 

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