Tips to Avoid Falling Victim to WhatsApp Scams and How to Report Them
Tips to Avoid Falling Victim to WhatsApp Scams and How to Report Them

Tips to Avoid Falling Victim to WhatsApp Scams and How to Report Them

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Are you worried about falling victim to WhatsApp scams? Scammers use various tactics such as posing as banks, requesting OTP codes, sending dangerous links, or luring people with fake rewards. This has led to a surge in cybercrime and calls for immediate action. Here, we will guide you through the signs of a scam and how to report them.

Signs of a WhatsApp Scam

1. Suspicious links

Scammers often use the tactic of sending links through chat, which may seem appealing, promising rewards, and freebies. Once you click on these links, you will be asked to provide your login details, allowing the scammer to get access to your data.

2. Document update

Another common trick is to convince people to update their documents, providing a link to a site that may appear to be similar to the government website. Hence, it is essential to double-check the website address before providing any data.

3. High discounts and bonuses

Scammers often use fake discounts that can lure you into trusting them. They might claim to represent a reputed company to increase their credibility.

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4. Masquerading as a close friend or family member

Some scammers use social engineering, pretending to be a close relative or friend, gaining your trust to perpetuate the scam. If you receive such messages, verify the identity of the person before taking any action.

How to Report WhatsApp Scams

1. Report the scam via WhatsApp

If you receive a message that looks suspicious, the first step is to take a screenshot and report it. Here’s how you can report the scam:

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a. Open WhatsApp

b. Open the chat of the person you want to report

c. Tap on their profile icon

d. Select “Report Contact”

e. Choose the reason for the report and click submit

Source: report a contact in the WhatsApp FAQ

2. Report the scam to BRTI Kominfo

If you want to report a scam, you can reach out to BRTI Kominfo as well. Follow these steps:

a. Visit the BRTI website

b. click on “Aduan BRTI.”

c. Fill out the form with your name, email, and phone number

d. Select the type of complaint and describe it

e. Upload the screenshot of the scam message.

f. Start a chat with the customer service representative

Once you follow these steps, BRTI Kominfo will verify your complaint and take action against the identified scammer to block their phone number.

Conclusion

To stay safe from scams on WhatsApp, always be cautious about suspicious links and messages claiming to offer freebies or rewards. Furthermore, ensure that you verify the sender’s identity before providing any personal information. If you encounter a scam message, report it to the concerned authorities and take preventive measures to avoid future scams.

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