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Whatsapp subscription scam
« on: February 03, 2018, 03:11:01 pm »
Received text message, purported to be from WhatsApp, asking for users to click on a link to buy a lifetime subscription for 99p.
Google search indicates this is a scam. To infect phone with malware and/or get bank details. So don't click on the link and delete the text.
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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2018, 03:25:45 pm »
All family ducks now inoculated :thankyousign:

Though I never take out subscriptions for such things as I like to use my dosh for holidays and trains. :)

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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2018, 03:38:11 pm »
WhatsApp is free. Thatís part of what makes the scam quite so obvious!

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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2018, 03:42:30 pm »
WhatsApp is free. Thatís part of what makes the scam quite so obvious!
That may be so but there may be users who think that a charge is being introduced. There was talk of WhatsApp charging not so long ago.
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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2018, 03:45:42 pm »
Yes, apologies, wasnít inferring that it wasnít helpful, always good to point out. That said I must get at least 10 phishing emails/texts a week, Iím always amused when thereís a thread on here about a specific one!

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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2018, 03:57:14 pm »
As I never join social media things I have no idea what is charged and what is not.  And its always easy - sometimes accidentally - when using a touch screen to click a link.  I'm minded if the tale of the guy who signed up to a subscription site of the adult kind. His cat, so he said, walked over his iPad. Now that's phishing..... I mean, phishy..... sorry, fishy. :D

Ten phishing emails or texts per week, njee?! :goggleeyes:
  - SWMBO and I must be privileged then because we both use the www a lot, and my wife's phone is always in use, and we get one so infrequently it's probably less than 10 a year, between us.

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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2018, 09:52:14 pm »
I thought that Whatsapp cost $1 a year and was taken directly from your phone provider who then debited your account.
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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2018, 09:57:17 pm »
WhatsApp is currently free according to their website. I've never paid a subs.
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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2018, 10:01:42 pm »
Yes, use it all the time to send stuff to daughters. Free.
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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2018, 10:14:03 pm »
Yes, no cost to use but where does Whatsapp get its income from?
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Re: Whatsapp subscription scam
« Reply #10 on: February 03, 2018, 10:32:57 pm »
Yes, no cost to use but where does Whatsapp get its income from?
There used to be a small subs pre 2016. I believe the plan is to let users communicate with businesses (eg banks, airlines etc) and business picks up the tab.
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