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WhatsApp OTP Scam

WhatsApp OTP Scam

WhatsApp is one of the major Chat/Messaging and Communication Apps and the latest target of scammers and hackers. The hackers and scammers use an OTP Trick to gain illegal access to various WhatsApp Accounts.

Beware of the latest WhatsApp OTP Scams in round for few days. You may have a lot of data on your phones or mobile devices. This is what the hackers are trying to gain access to and anytime it may be compromised if you don’t keep alert.


You may get a message on WhatsApp from an unknown number or even from one of your friend’s numbers. He/she may claim some sort of emergency and ask you for an OTP Message sent to your WhatsApp Number mistakenly.

If you respond to such messages or requests, by replying back or sending the OTP, your WhatsApp account will be compromised. The hacker can gain access to your account and even block you out and change your Two Factor Authentication Code. The hacker can take control of your chat messages and do whatever he/she wants with that.

When you send OTP to this request, you will be locked out of your Account. The hacker can then misuse your WhatsApp account to send similar messages to your contacts.

How to protect yourselves

To keep safe from such scammers and hackers, you must enable the Two Factor Authentication Code if you haven’t already done that. The 2FA Code will be required to install WhatsApp on another mobile with the same number. When you try to access WhatsApp, it may ask the code, providing that only you can open your WhatsApp chat screen.

To Enable the 2FA on WhatsApp, please follow the below procedure.

  • Tap on the three dots on the top right corner after opening WhatsApp
  • Tap on the Settings option and then select Account
  • Then tap on Two-step verification
  • When you select the Two-step verification, you get an enable option
  • When you tap on enable, you will be asked to enter a six-digit pin
  • You will be asked to enter the pin twice, followed by your email address
  • When you confirm the email address, your two-step verification will be activated
  • You could disable or change the pin following the same step

Stay Safe, Stay Protected.

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Born and brought up in Kerala, I did my schooling in Kerala and graduated (B.Sc Physics) from the Calicut University. I have worked with a Swedish Company from 1994 to 2015, as a Senior Project Manager in their Group IT Division in Dubai. This blog is the result of my strong desire to communicate with others, sharing what I know and what I could gather from various sources.


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