Over Five Million Brazilians Victims of WhatsApp Scams in 2020

Criminals employ increasingly professional strategies, using what experts call social engineering. They trick the victim to access the WhatsApp recovery code and thus gain access to the victims' personal data.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - More than five million people were victims of some kind of WhatsApp scam in Brazil last year, according to a survey conducted by a digital security laboratory.

Criminals employ increasingly professional strategies, using what experts call social engineering. They trick the victim to access the WhatsApp recovery code and thus gain access to the victims' personal data.

This was the case with architect Ana Paula Nonato, who thought she had won a hotel promotion. "You get in touch with the WhatsApp people, look for solutions and nothing works. Meanwhile, they [scammers] start talking to all your . . .

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