Everything You Need to Know About WhatsApp Voicemail Scam – Advises from Semalt Expert
Internet users experience several hacking or scam attempts. One malware attack is the WhatsApp voicemail scam. There is an email that claims to have a voicemail from WhatsApp. The email is suspicious because it has the characteristics of a malware scam. The email targets unsuspecting users of WhatsApp and emails. The email has a "Play" button. The internet users are directed to listen to the voicemail by clicking the "Play" button. When the user clicks the "Play" button, he or she is directed to a malicious website. Ivan Konovalov, the Semalt Customer Success Manager, highlights that the intention of the program is to trick the internet user into downloading malware. The malware negatively affects the operations of the computer or mobile device of the internet users.
The online scam is complex because the suspicious malware that is downloaded is determined by the device that is being used to access the internet. The users who access internet services using smartphones will receive different malware from the users who have the tablet, laptop, or desktop devices.
The users who are more susceptible to the malware scam utilize the Google Android Operating System. The WhatsApp voicemail scam directs the internet users to click an internet link. When the link is clicked, a file known as "Browser 6.5" is downloaded. The installation begins when the user clicks the "Agree" button that is displayed on the screen of the mobile or computer device. The malware scam sends text messages to the premium rate phone numbers of the users. They are then charged for every service that is offered after the delivery of the text messages. The WhatsApp scam continues after the installation of the "Browser 6.5." This is because the hackers try to introduce more malware into the device of the internet users.
The internet hackers are also interested in the jailbroken iPhone devices. These devices enhance the vulnerability of the internet users because they can be used to install apps that cannot be located in the Apple App Store. The internet users who have non-jailbroken iPhones are protected from the malware scam. The protection is because the non-jailbroken iPhone devices provide effective failsafe against the hacking attempts.
The users of the Apple desktop devices are currently directed to an online site that indicates that the malware program is not compatible with the Apple OS. The users of the Apple mobile, laptop, and desktop devices are protected from the malware scam. However, it is still important for the internet users to refrain from clicking the suspicious "Play" or "Agree" buttons. Extra precautions should be taken because the hacking attempts on mobile devices continue to develop due to the advancements in software technologies. There is sufficient guarantee that the future hacking attempts will be more complex to target other internet devices that are presently not affected by the malware scam.
Many internet users have been affected by the WhatsApp voicemail scam. The victims of the malware scam are encouraged to share the information with other email and WhatsApp users. Proper information exchange among the internet users is important in preventing the online scams resulting from the hacking or malware attacks.