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Fake SMS targets WhatsApp users

Priority Level: 
High
27 March 2017

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is warning users of the WhatsApp messaging app to be wary of a phishing scam delivered via SMS.

In a Facebook post, the ACMA says the malicious SMS urges WhatsApp users to 'renew your subscription using WhatsApp'. A link in the SMS directs recipients to a fake payment form that offers a range of options to extend their WhatsApp purchase.

However, WhatsApp announced in 2016 that it was no longer charging a subscription fee.

'This is a phishing scam that uses the popular WhatsApp service as the hook to steal your credit card information,' ACMA says.

Staying safe
People who receive a suspicious SMS can report it to ACMA by forwarding the message to 0429 999 888.

ACMA advises anyone who has clicked on the link and submitted their credit card details to contact their financial institution immediately for advice.

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