Fake WhatsApp invites are actively luring users to sites where they are urged to fill out surveys and download unknown applications, warns The Hacker News’ Mohit Kumar.
WhatsApp quietly began to roll out the long awaited Free Voice Calling feature to some Android users in January, and it can be turned on only if you are directly invited to do so by another user. The feature is activated when a user answers a WhatsApp voice call from a friend.
Unfortunately, not many people known that, and scammers and malware peddlers are taking advantage of this situation by sending out fake invites via email, social media and WhatsApp messages from compromised accounts.
“Hey, I’m inviting you to try WhatsApp Free Voice Calling feature, click here to activate now —> WhatsappCalling(dot)com,” says the message. The link leads to a site that asked users to complete online surveys and download unwanted or malicious applications in order to get access to the Free Voice Calling feature.
This particular scammy site is currently down, but you can bet on the fact that others will be set up quickly and the link in the messages changed accordingly.
It’s also likely that users will land on some of these sites when searching online for instructions for enabling the feature.