She used WhatsApp, then ran out of money in her account

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She used WhatsApp, then ran out of money in her account
She used WhatsApp, then ran out of money in her account (Provided by Financial World)

The police officers of the Novska border police station received a report from a 32-year-old woman who posted an ad for sale on the Internet classifieds, and on August 1st, an unknown person contacted her via the WhatsApp application with whom she agreed to sell.

After the agreement, an unknown person sent her a link (which turned out to be fake) and asked her to enter her personal and current account card details. After entering the card number, she noticed that money was missing from her account and realized that she had been scammed.

The police are looking for the perpetrator, against whom a criminal complaint will be filed with the competent state attorney. Perpetrators, when communicating with injured persons, most often use the mobile application WhatsApp through which they forward links to phishing/fake websites of companies that deal with the delivery of goods, warns the Ministry of Interior.

In this way, they collect personal data and information about bank cards and the CVV number of the card and then later make unauthorized transactions at various online sales points abroad. "These attacks have become more frequent, and we again warn citizens about the danger of providing personal and financial information to unknown persons.

We urge you to be extra careful, and if you consider yourself injured, we advise you to file a report at the police station in whose station area you reside," they say.

Is WhatsApp safe?

Any social media platform has security risks, and every platform has hackers attempting to break through its security measures," says Kristen Bolig, CEO at SecurityNerd.

But unlike many similar messaging platforms, WhatsApp is built with strong end-to-end encryption. "Any messages sent between any users are fully encrypted, so the only people able to decode them are the sender and recipient — not even WhatsApp.

So even if hackers intercept a message, they aren't able to decode it," Bolig says. In principle, no one can decrypt the data at any point in the communication process, which is much more robust security than you'll find in apps like Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter.