Jibran Nasir, others target of WhatsApp OTP scam

Hackers ask victims to forward OTP to them so they can complete an urgent money transaction


Tech Desk November 28, 2020
PHOTO: REUTERS

Reports of WhatsApp One Time Password (OTP) scam are making rounds. Cybercriminals pose as a friend or fellow citizen who “accident” sends a 6-digit OTP code to the wrong phone number (yours).

The hackers ask the victim to forward OTP to them so they can complete an urgent money transaction; to capture your attention the criminals will give a solid excuse like they have to pay an emergency hospital bill.

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Once you have fallen prey to this scam, hackers will take over your WhatsApp account on the web and access phone numbers and photos.

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Jibran Nasir, a Pakistani politician, and civil rights activist was also a target of this scam, he revealed on Twitter.

Cyber experts have long stressed the importance of setting up two-factor authentication to safeguard from hackers taking over your account. The two-factor authentication is an optional security measure that would require a pre-assigned six-digit passcode to verify a user’s phone number on WhatsApp.

To safeguard yourself mobil phone users should avoid sharing OTP with anybody via SMS or on a phone call.

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