I’m a WhatsApp expert – the three dangerous warning signs you should delete a text immediately

WHATSAPP is a prime target for crooks – so spotting the warnings signs of a dangerous text can help you stay safe.

Even messages from loved ones or friends can be a trap.

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It doesn’t matter what device you use, it is important to stay safe on WhatsAppCredit: Meta/Whatsapp

You should be cautious about anyone who asks for your personal information.

Cyber-experts shared their tips on how to spot the signs of a scam. WhatsApp scam.

Texts from unknown numbers could be one of the most important clues.

“Scam messages often come from unknown numbers. If you keep a tidy contact list they will be easier to spot,”Brian Higgins, Comparitech’s security specialist, spoke to The Sun.

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“They also disguise themselves as official messages, offering tech support to solve problems you probably didn’t know you had for example, or telling you you’ve won a prize.

“Always make sure you’re running the most up to date version of any platform and you can confidently delete the first one.

“Then think about how many times in your life you’ve won a prize for absolutely no reason at all and you can get rid of the second one too.

“Try to think before you click and don’t let FOMO scare you away from the ‘delete’ button. It’s your best way to stay safe.”

Regular WhatsApp users should be on high alert

WhatsApp is used by more than 2 billion people, making it a popular target for crooks.

We talked to Tom Davidson, cyber-expert to learn his top tips for spotting frauds. Meta-owned WhatsApp.

Here’s what Tom, a senior security director at Lookout, shared with The Sun.

Tom’s three WhatsApp Warnings

Here’s what to be on the lookout for:

Clue #1

Unknown contacts send you messages trying to get in touch, especially if there is an error in the grammar or spelling.

The same applies to messages from contacts who sound unusual.

Clue #2

Unsolicited offers, such as giveaways, prize drawings, or discounts, should be ignored, even though they seem to be coming from a reputable company.

Clue #3

You receive messages that contain clickable hyperlinks that you didn’t expect to see.

To ensure safety, you can manually type in the link into another web browser.

In order to conceal a malicious link, hackers may use special characters.

WhatsApp: Stay safe

Other security tips are also available.

The first step is to ensure that your phone is always with you AppsKeep up-to-date with the most recent software patches

These updates often include security fixes that will squash hackers’ attempts to attack your device.

You should be wary of anyone asking you for personal information (such as credit card details or login code), even if it appears that the request is coming from a friend.

You can get rid of hackers who gain access to your WhatsApp account by logging in again.

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