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WhatsApp WARNING issued to Irish users

27 Juillet 2017

The message offers a link to an alleged customer portal where people are asked to provide their banking details. "At the completion of your trial period, your WhatsApp will no longer be able to send or receive message. To continue using WhatsApp without interruption, we need you to subscribe for any of our subscription periods".

Criminals have started sending out messages created to trick you into sharing your banking details.

Action Fraud, the national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre, are warning WhatsApp users to stay vigilant.

The WhatsApp hardcore will remember when you used to have to pay a 0.99p annual fee to use the service - but watch out if you receive a message about it. Facebook purchased the company behind the app for $19.3 billion United States dollars back in February 2014.

Since then the service has been free for every user.

Action Fraud added that older users of WhatsApp "could quite easily think the app has gone back to its subscription model and get caught out".

WhatsApp WARNING issued to Irish users
WhatsApp WARNING issued to Irish users

WhatsApp have previously given guidance on how to deal with these scams. If you get such message in your inbox, we urge you to kindly delete this message immediately, else, this will fetch your personal information and this way you can be the victim.

The fake WhatsApp message reads as: "Your subscription has expired. To verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GBP simply tap on this link".

WhatsApp users are being warned about a new scam.

WhatsApp did charge some users to access the service but these subscription fees were scrapped back in 2016.

Everyone loves using WhatsApp, after all it's the world's most popular Instant Messaging app which was acquired by Facebook a couple of years ago. If you have been using WhatsApp messenger for a long time, you have to be very well aware that WhatsApp Messenger is there for absolutely free of cost.

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WhatsApp WARNING issued to Irish users