WhatsApp’s features tracking blog WABetaInfo posted a tweet highlighting the latest scam, following which a Twitter user Dario Navarro inquired about the scam messages received by users. According to screenshots shared by Navarro, the scammer sends a message in Spanish asking users to send a six-digit verification code to be used for account verification on their phones, which the users receive via SMS.
This is #FAKE, WhatsApp doesn’t message you on WhatsApp, and if they do (for global announcements, but it’s soooo rare), a green verified indicator is visible.
WhatsApp never asks your data or verification codes.@WhatsApp should ban this account. , https://t.co/nnOehPL8Ca
— WABetaInfo (@WABetaInfo) May 27, 2020
Let us tell you that to activate the WhatsApp account on the new device, the verification code is used, which users get through SMS on their phone. The purpose of this security code is to protect users’ accounts on the messaging app from malicious agents.
As we told you that these scammers put the WhatsApp logo as their profile picture in their account, so that other users can make this account look like the official account and they fall in the trap of the scammer. However, as mentioned by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp does not contact its users through the app and if under any circumstances the company does contact the user, the official account name will also include a green verified mark, Which is an indication of his official account. It is also important to note that the Facebook-owned company does not ask users for information related to any of their data, including verification codes.
So it is clear that the account and message seen in the screenshot is nothing but a scam. You should not pay attention to any such message.