A new WhatsApp messaging claims that cyber criminals will be able to steal money from a bank with just one click. There is a new viral message doing the rounds on WhatsApp, claiming that a single message with a link will allow cyber criminals to steal all the money from a user’s bank account as soon as they click on it. The message clearly evoked much panic, especially in Britain where it has gone viral. In fact, the City of London Police and Action Fraud UK have announced on Twitter that it is a hoax and that users should not worry about the message.
The scam reads the message,
“Straight from the City of London Police Fraud Team – A very sophisticated scam that took place this morning.” Definitely leave the bank customers but possibly all banks. You get a message stating that payment has not been made like O2, Vodafone or EE [UK mobile providers] And click here. The money comes out as soon as you touch it. You already have all your details and this is the most advance scam by the bank so far. Pass it on to everyone. Please. It is from work this morning – they are ablaze with calls – flying out of the accounts of thousands! spread the word!”
See Action Fraud UK’s tweet below
The content of this message is false.
— Action Fraud (@actionfrauduk) March 30, 2020
On Action Fraud’s official website, a notice has been posted stating that “City of London Police has not issued an alert about fake messages from Danske Bank.”
Can someone steal all your money with just one link?
Although it sounds scary, one cannot steal all your money from you just by clicking on the link. According to Paul Ducklin, Principal Research Scientist, Sophos, who wrote in a blog post, “While there is a small ring of truth, so-called ‘unpaid mobile bills’ text message scams do not work as directly as they do.” Has a claim. ”
He explains that usually links in such fraud messages will lead users to a phishing website, where a fake login page will be used to let the user enter their sensitive data. This sensitive information which will be the bank details including any kind of password. If the user enters such information on any fake login page then only his account is at risk. By simply clicking a link, hackers will not be able to steal all your money from a bank account.
This message is intended to add to the general panic prevailing in most parts of the world, possibly in view of the coronovirus epidemic.
Ducklin pointed out that if someone clicks on such a link, the best hackers can use a compromised webpage to run malware on the system or mobile phone. But that type of attack happens very rarely these days, and of course the crooks take your banking password right away and take out the money immediately, ”he said.
What to do with such a message
First, do not forward such fake messages. If it came from a friend, let them know that they too should pursue it and it is probably made to cause panic.
Ducklin also says that no message should be claimed to belong to any particular authority. “Anyone can write ‘Anyone Police has announced this’, but it does not tell you anything useful. In this case, there was a declaration made by the police that it is false.”
This claim of authority is a common topic that sees such fake WhatsApp messages around the world. There are also a lot of fake messages floating around in India, some of which claim to be from the police or the government, and a lot of messages have been given around the coronovirus situation. For users, it is recommended that they visit the official website of the concerned authority to confirm before forwarding such messages.