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WhatsApp OTP scam is getting popular, here is how you can stay safe

With a great userbase and popularity of Facebook-owned WhatsApp Instant Messaging service, a bunch of scammers and hackers are now using OTP tricks to get unauthorized access to users accounts

As WhatsApp has now become a great medium in day-to-day messaging to connect with your Friends, Family and even doing some Official work all thanks to this pandemic situation, a bunch of your important and personal data can be fetched from your conversation made on WhatsApp.

The hackers have chosen the old-fashioned yet dangerous technique to hack into your WhatsApp account through OTPs. Here is how the scam works You'll receive a message on WhatsApp from an unknown number or from a friend’s number saying that they are in some kind of emergency following this hacker will for an OTP claiming that he has sent to your number by mistake. Apparently, some users are smart enough as they do not hoax in further conversation. But some innocent users simply provide the OTP to hackers due to their helping nature. As the OTP received by the hackers you will be logged out of your own WhatsApp account giving away full control of your account to that hacker. After this, the hacker can target your other friends and persons in your contact list following the same technique. Furthermore, the scammer/hacker can also misuse sensitive data or conversations that are meant to be private. Also, WhatsApp launched payment feature earlier this month, and if you get into the trap your money from the bank may also vanish somehow.

In order to be safe don't respond to messages requesting OTP sent on your number unless and until you verify that it's genuine. While it's recommended not share OTP or any such credentials over a phone call or WhatsApp. Also, do enable two-factor authentication on your WhatsApp account and other services that you use in order to prevent yourself from such attacks.

Follow the given guide to Enable two-factor authentication on your WhatsApp Account

    1. Launch WhatsApp on your smartphone
    2. Open WhatsApp Settings.
    3. Tap Account > Two-step verification > Enable.
    4. Enter a six-digit PIN of your choice and confirm it.
    5. Provide an email address you can access or tap Skip if you don’t want to add an email address. We recommend adding an email address as this allows you to reset two-step verification, and helps safeguard your account.
    6. Tap Next.
    7. Confirm the email address and tap Save or Done.

If you don’t add an email address and you forget your PIN, you’ll have to wait 7 days before you can reset your PIN. Since WhatsApp don't verify this email address to confirm its accuracy, make sure you provide an accurate email address you can access.

If you still have a problem enabling two-factor authentication what the video mentioned below. Or comment down we are happy to help you over this.