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WhatsApp Honey Trap Scam: Understanding, Mechanisms, and Safety Measures

Did you receive a strange message on WhatsApp or a suspicious text from a stranger trying to strike a conversation or someone you do not know randomly showering you with compliments on Whatsapp? This is happening to some users and is part of the WhatsApp Honey Trap Scam- a new kind of online scam that is affecting many users of the messaging platform. The scam is using the popular messaging platform to exploit victims by establishing a romantic connection with the victim.

How does the Honey Trap Scam on WhatsApp work?

  • Scammers fabricate fake profiles. Users may recognize them because they employ visually appealing images to entice victims.
  • In an attempt to win consumers’ confidence, scammers strike up discussions and try to speak with them in an overly pleasant or seductive way.
  • Once confidence has been established, con artists could go one step further and start making video calls.
  • Scammers may attempt to lure you into scenarios during these video calls—including capturing parts of the conversation—so they may utilize those times to blackmail you later.
    Scammers may then demand money or other things from you, threatening to show these videos to your friends, family, or on social media.
How to stay safe from the WhatsApp Honey Trap Scam work?
  1. Be cautious of who you engage with online and make sure you don’t interact with unknown numbers.
  2. Don’t share personal details with anyone on Whatsapp.
  3. Avoid video calls from unknown numbers as well as you could easily become a target.
  4. In case this happens to you, report the scam to WhatsApp and consider reaching out to authorities as well.

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(Source: HT)

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