PUTRAJAYA: If you get a request from a friend to share a six-digit verification code from WhatsApp, don’t do it. It could be a scam or a hacker at work.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is advising the public to be wary of the existence of fraudulent tactics aimed at taking over users’ WhatsApp accounts.
In a statement today, MCMC said the perpetrators used various tricks to deceive users to share a six-digit verification code received from WhatsApp.
“The verification code is generally accepted by users for verification purposes when there is an attempt to change the phone number associated with a WhatsApp account.
“Users who are deceived into sharing the verification code can cause their WhatsApp account to be taken over by a scammer,” it said.
MCMC also urged users to be wary of WhatsApp six-digit verification code requests apparently from friends, family members, WhatsApp employees as well as other parties, including the authorities.
“Users are reminded not to share WhatsApp’s six-digit verification code with any party,” it said.
MCMC said users who have been the victims of such tactics are advised to follow the steps in the link, https://faq.whatsapp.com/general/account-and-profile/stolen-accounts/ to recover their hacked WhatsApp account.
It also advised users, in order to protect themselves from any possible criminal act, to lodge a report regarding the matter at the nearest police station.
Reports can also be made to MCMC’s complaints portal channel: https://aduan.skmm.gov.my, e-mail: email@example.com or at WhatsApp at 016-220 6262.- FMT