The scam here is an account with the WhatsApp logo as its display picture asking for a six-digit verification code. The code is usually used when the app is switched between devices.
Scammers posing as ‘WhatsApp Technical Team’ can steal data. The instance was first reported by WABetaInfo who took to Twitter to show the screenshot which was posted by a user. The tweet shows an account with WhatsApp’s picture asking for a six-digit verification code
This is #FAKE. WhatsApp doesn't message you on WhatsApp, and if they do (for global announcements, but it's soooo rare), a green verified indicator is visible.
WhatsApp never asks your data or verification codes.@WhatsApp should ban this account. ? https://t.co/nnOehPL8Ca
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 27, 2020
In a new scam which has emerged from popular social messaging platform WhatsApp – users could be duped into giving out six-digit verification codes. The scam is an account which pretends as an official communication source asks users to share their verification code. The account uses a WhatsApp logo as its display picture which is to convince users.
However, WhatsApp very rarely or never does message you to communicate but instead updates on its social media channels which includes Twitter or WhatsApp’s official blog which is used to send public announcements.
This was first found by WABetaInfo and they posted a tweet which shows the recent scam in which a Twitter user by the name Dario Navarro talked about a fishy message which users have received. According to the screenshot which was shared by Navarro, the scammer sends a message in Spanish which in turn asks users to verify their identity by giving a six-digit verification code which arrives via an SMS message.
WhatsApp never asks for any information using the chat. Since the scammer has been using the WhatsApp logo, it is important to note here is that the social messaging platform never does send messages, ever. If they ever do, you will see a green verified indicator which will be visible alongside the logo and also the account name. The Facebook-owned company does not ask for data, much less for six-digit verification codes.
WhatsApp has clearly explained that users should not share the SMS verification code with others on its website. “If someone is trying to take over your account, they need the SMS verification code sent to your phone number to do so. Without this code, any user attempting to verify your number can’t complete the verification process and use your phone number on WhatsApp,” the company said in its FAQs section.