Warning as WhatsApp scam hacks your device by pretending to be a saved contact

A warning has been released over a scam which pretends to come from one of your phone contacts on WhatsApp.

Tricksters are posing as someone saved in your phone to catch people out.

If allowed, the scam artists will hack into your device and then continue to trick other people by pretending to be you.

Tech expert Alexis Conran has shared the scam on Twitter and urged people to be vigilant, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Consumer company Which? has been informed of the scam and urged the public to be aware.

Alexis showed a picture of a text message from the scam which popped up on WhatsApp with a code and link.

He then tweeted: "Scam warning, this is a WhatsApp scam that continues to catch people out.

"It starts with this text message that arrives on your phone out of the blue."

"Immediately after you get a WhatsApp message from someone in your contacts.

The message reads 'Hello, sorry I sent you a 6-digit code by SMS by mistake, Can you transfer it to me please? It’s urgent.'

"What has actually happened is your friend’s account has been hacked. Scammers are now trying to hack all their contacts.

"You are one of them."

It continued: "The are trying to set up WhatsApp on a new device with your number.

"WhatsApp acknowledges this and sends an 6-digit authorisation code to your mobile phone by SMS.

"The scammers now try and get you to forward it to them by pretending to be a friend of yours.

"If you send them the code, your WhatsApp will be hacked."

if you have been targeted by the scam, Alexis advises you do two things.

Firstly, turn on two-step verification to give your account more security.

Next, contact the friend who has been hacked – the one the message seemed to come from – via another method and let them know what has happened.

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Do not message them on WhatsApp, but by other means.

After being alerted to the scan, Which? set up a 'scam alert' for the fake WhatsApp message.

The brand tweeted: "How this WhatsApp scam works 1. You get text 2. Then a WhatsApp message from a friend asks you for the code.

"DO NOT SEND. Your friend's WhatsApp has been hacked – now you're the target!

"If you share the code, the scammers will hack yours too."

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