Joining fake groups could compromise your personal data.
The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) has just given out a warning to all UAE residents about a new scam that could potentially give hackers access to personal data through the use of WhatsApp. TRA mentioned that some criminals are posing as celebrities promoting tolerance to gain the trust of an unsuspecting user.
These fake profiles created by these criminals are enticing people to join a WhatsApp group called ‘Tolerance’ where it is said to support the government initiatives towards diversity. It was mentioned that once you join the group, you will be sent an activation code – though this is where the trouble starts. The TRA mentioned that having this activation code could potentially give these criminals access to your account, which could include personal and confidential information.
“The Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) warns of messages from fake celebrities’ accounts claiming to spread the values of tolerance and want to include the user in a WhatsApp group. TRA calls not to respond to such messages to avoid hacking the accounts,” TRA said in a tweet.
— هيئة تنظيم الاتصالات (@TheUAETRA) April 6, 2019
Just in case you receive an invite from a random WhatsApp group that you’re not familiar with, the best thing to do is to simply ignore it. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.