Beware! This WhatsApp scam may have exposed your personal, financial data

New Delhi: The deadly WhatsApp scam Rediroff.ru is doing the rounds for the past few days. Using social engineering tools, fraudsters can gain access to a WhatsApp user’s personal data as well as financial information such as bank and card details. With rediroff.ru in the URL, the spam link can infect Windows PC as well as iOS and Android smartphones.

It is not clear when the WhatsApp fraud started, but it impressed a large number of people with the promise of expensive gifts to users throughout the holiday season.

WhatsApp’s payment functionality is currently being rolled out in a big way across India.

Scammers send WhatsApp users a link, and when they click on it, they are directed to a website that claims they can win a prize by completing a bogus survey.

After answering the questions they are taken to another website where they are requested to fill some personal information such as their name, age, address, bank information and other personal data.

These details can be used in fraudulent transactions or sold on the dark web to criminals.

This information can also be used by fraudsters to send spam and harmful emails to people. PUAs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) may also be installed on the user’s device.

Phishing websites analyze a user’s IP address to determine their region, then change the language of the page and display a variety of fraudulent schemes appropriate to their region.

If a person receives a spam link with rediroff.ru in the URL, they should report it as spam and have it removed as soon as possible. If they accidentally click on it, they should scan their devices for any viruses or potentially unwanted software.

When people see ads in places they shouldn’t and are sent to suspicious sites while searching for something on the browser, malware has already infiltrated their devices. They should remove suspicious programs from their smartphone at this point.

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