WhatsApp Scam would be forced to pay to use the service, a viral message has sensationally claimed. However, before clicking on the subscription link users should be warned it’s a scam.
The fake text, which has been circulating this week, states, “Your subscription has expired. To verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GBP simply tap on this link.”
The message is a hoax with WhatsApp users warned not to click on the link or pay the 99p charge.
WhatsApp did charge some users to access the service but these subscription fees were scrapped back in 2016.
WhatsApp says to look out for these points when you suspect a hoax:
- The sender claims to be affiliated with WhatsApp.
- The message content includes instructions to forward the message.
- It claims you can avoid punishment, like account suspension, if you forward the message.
- That content includes a reward or gift from WhatsApp or another person.
A WhatsApp spokesman said: “We always advise you to block the sender, disregard the message and delete it.”
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According to WhatsApp users in the United Kingdom, many have received message notifications from the application itself informing them that their subscription to the service has expired. The message also contains a link which a user must supposedly click in order to pay $1.28 for a lifetime subscription.
The message is believable since WhatsApp charged the same amount after a year of free service back when it was not owned by Facebook, but professionals say that this new round of expired subscription notification is definitely a scam. Users should be wary about clicking the provided link or, better yet, delete the message and block the sender when they do receive it.
What should you do on WhatsApp Scam?
If users receive a spam or hoax message from an unknown sender, they are automatically given the option to report the number straight from the application. Android and iOS users can also report the issue by going to Settings > About and Help > Contact Us, while Windows phone users should go to more > settings > about > support.
As an extra precautionary measure to stop the scam quicker, WhatsApp users should also inform their family and friends who may receive the scam message.