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WhatsApp subscription scam warning to Gedling borough residents

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WhatsApp users in Gedling borough are being warned about a spoof texts and emails that claims “their subscription is ending soon” – but it’s a scam to steal bank details.

Scam-busters Action Fraud say that the texts and emails encourage users who receive the message to click on a link to verify their account and then purchase lifetime subscription for 99p. The link takes the victim to a screen that then asks them to submit their bank details, which can be used by fraudsters to take funds out of the account.

Long term users of WhatsApp will remember paying a 0.99p annual fee to use the messaging service. In 2016, this was scrapped by Facebook who took over running of the company after buying it for £11.4bn.

Now scammers hope that those who remember paying a 99p fee could be duped into believing the service has gone back to a subscription model and submit their bank details.

SCAM: The fake email being sent to WhatsApp users claiming their subscription is due to expire

This isnt the first scam of its kind to attempt to trick WhatsApp users. Last year users were being tricked into downloading a fake ‘gold’ version of WhatsApp which infected Android devices with malware.

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A spokesman for Action Fraud said: “If you receive one of these emails or text messages, do not click on any links. Instead, delete it and report it to us. If you have clicked on one of the links, run antivirus software to ensure your device has not been infected with malware.”

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