Report: Hackers attack users through fake WhatsApp message

Today, many WhatsApp users received messages stating that they won free flight tickets. However, the messages were a scam attempting to steal the users’ private information.
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Today (Wednesday), many WhatsApp users from around the world were surprised to receive messages stating that they won free flight tickets to different destinations. “British Airlines is celebrating its 70th anniversary by giving away 2 free air tickets to 200 lucky customers,” one of the messages read. “Click below link to claim yours now and fly with British Airways.”

However, the messages were a scam looking for users’ private information. As part of the scam, every user who received the message was directed to another page. On that page, there was another message that said that in order to get the free tickets, the user must share the message with 8 friends.  

Photo credit: Channel 2 News

The risk is that once a user clicks the link, he allows hackers free access to his private information and allows them to follow his keyboard’s history, whether its private messages with friends or credit card details.

Photo credit: Channel 2 News


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