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Hackers never take a day off, like the soldier. And how all of us came to know this? Well, they keep attacking us with different means and try multiple techniques to trick us. A fresh Whatsapp scam that is recently in news is getting popularity and is basically about tricking the users with the promise of giving free Internet.

Some Whatsapp users have complained having received a message where the sender is assuring free Internet service without accessing any Wi-Fi network. The message displays like this…

“You can now get Internet Free deprived of WI-FI with Whatsapp and it is by means of requests, here I give you an invitation! > download link”

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Besides being poorly message, this message is complete garbage from a technical point of view. Without Wi-Fi, the only way you can use the Internet is via an active cellular data service (2G/3G/4G) – which is not free of cost, unless you are going for a special pack. But however ridiculous it may sound, this Whatsapp scam can succeed to trick some user who might not give much thought to it.

What comes when you click on the link?

Clicking on the link shows a page where you must share the request to ten friends to be able to access the free Internet. The page also displays comments from multiple users who have tried this service. All these users and remarks are fake and just an extra one bait to push you deep into the trap.

What happens when you forward the invitation?

Once you have forward the ‘forged’ invitation, you will be redirected to other fraudulent website where you might be subscribed to expensive SMS services without your agreement or a potentially hazardous third-party app will be downloaded on your phone.

And what’s the outcome?

You will certainly not get the free Internet service as it didn’t exist to start with.

Methods to avoid falling for such Whatsapp cheat

  • If any app is posing you a facility for free or at a low cost, make sure you verify it by visiting the app’s official website, before downloading upon it.
  • Do not click on links obtained from unknown users, particularly when the message talks about free offers.
  • Install a consistent mobile antivirus app that can stop you from reaching fake or dangerous websites, and stop the download of malicious applications.

Central security services have issued a high alert counseling against two mischievous files that are circulating on Whatsapp these days. These files are attached with viruses that can steal delicate personal and banking dtails stored in the target’s phone.

Who is the major target?

The mischievous files are in the form of Microsoft Excel or PDF file. They hold the names of NDA and NIA which shows that personnel in paramilitary, police forces and defense, could be the primary target group. Those who receive these files can be a target for sure.

Look out for files with these names

According to the review, these two files basically go by the names of “NIA-selection-order-.xls” and “NDA-ranked-8th-toughest-College-in-the-world-to-get-into.xls”.

What occurs when these files are clicked?

Clicking these files will process the virus in the phone that will then be able to access personal details like banking passwords, PIN codes and login credentials.

What should you do?

  • Do not tap on file attachments received on Whatsapp from unidentified numbers. If it is from a known sender, confirm what the text is about.
  • Make a habit of caution before clicking on links (particularly those that talk about amazing offers) received on Whatsapp even if the sender is someone you know.
  • Never click on links on messages to avail online banking or shopping portals.
  • Download an antivirus app that can block harmful apps and viruses from getting installed on your phone.

If you think you might have clicked on files which are a part of such similar cons, run an antivirus app and it should clean your device. The best antivirus that is available for such issues is the Norton Antivirus. The Norton provides instant recovery from the harm caused by the infection and if there is any difficulty in using Norton, then call on Norton tech support number.