Circulation of fraudulent messages is becoming an increasingly worrisome phenomenon on WhatsApp. One such scam that has come to light has been flagged by the Taj Hotels groups.
As per the company, there have been instances where a website is falsely promoting a Valentine’s Day offer claiming to give Taj Experiences Gift Cards.
“It has come to our notice that a website has been promoting a Valentine’s Day initiative, offering a Taj Experiences Gift Card via WhatsApp. We would like to inform that Taj Hotels/IHCL has not offered any such promotion. We request to take note of this and exercise due caution,” said the tweet.
It has come to our notice that a website has been promoting a Valentine’s Day initiative, offering a Taj Experience… https://t.co/gHm9ralJvS
— Taj Hotels (@TajHotels) 1612012940000
WhatsApp is also aware about the platform being abused to dupe users through similar hoax messages. According to the instant messaging platform, these messages may come via WhatsApp or email. “Unwanted messages from unauthorised third parties come in many forms, such as spam, hoax and phishing messages. All these types of messages are broadly defined as unsolicited messages from unauthorized third parties that try to deceive you and prompt you to act in a certain way,” says WhatsApp on its FAQ page.
The company also shares these four warning signs of such fake messages:
* The sender claims to be affiliated with WhatsApp.
* The message content includes instructions to forward the message.
* The message claims you can avoid punishment, like account suspension, if you forward the message.
* The message content includes a reward or gift from WhatsApp or another person.
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