WhatsApp could bring in double verification feature - what you need to know

WhatsApp has been a platform for many fraudsters to try and swindle money out of unsuspecting victims. 

WhatsApp has been a platform for many fraudsters to try and swindle money out of unsuspecting victims. 

According to WABetaInfo, a news and update website about WhatsApp, double verification codes may be used to try and prevent further attacks. 

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This is because cyber attackers often try and use people's WhatsApp accounts with a single verification code at the moment. 

They do this by pretending to be someone official and in need of the code. 

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    Once with the code, they can log into your account, and by pretending to be you, they message your friends and family. 

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    What is double verification? 

    Double verification is when you receive two verification codes, instead of one. 

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    WhatsApp is aiming to send an additional verification code that is separate from the first one received via text message when logging in from a new device. 

    If you receive a second code from WhatsApp, that will act as an indicator that someone is attempting to hack your account, and you should not share that code with anyone. 

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    The feature is still being developed, and may not even reach fruition. 

    How to recognise a scam?

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    Scammers will try and contact you out of the blue, and attempt to invoke a sense of urgency.

    Avoid being rushed into anything and don’t make calls to unknown numbers.

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    If you know about the scam, report them on WhatsApp via settings, and report to Action Fraud.