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New WhatsApp call fraud –  International calls from unknown numbers

WhatsApp call fraud is making lots of news recently. This is a very specific case of the previously discussed online jobs scam which had made lots of news recently and is related to cybercriminals using anonymous Whatsapp international calls facility. Some of you may have received Whatsapp calls or messages from numbers belonging to Ethiopia (+251), Malaysia (+60), Vietnam (+84), Indonesia (+62), Kenya (+254) and several other countries, where they give you some job offers or send you messages containing a hyper link, pressing which may infect your phone or computer with a virus. Government has issued a notice to WhatsApp and WhatsApp also has tweaked its program to reduce such calls.

How WhatsApp call fraud is carried out :-

You get a call or a message on your WhatsApp from an International number, you answer it or respond to the message that you are interested. Person on the other side makes a online job offer involving simple online tasks involving couple of hours work with high earning potential, which may be related to liking and writing positive reviews for youtube videos or to businesses on google maps app and they will provide the links to those videos and also pay rupees 50 per task, to get your trust they first give you three simple tasks and also pay money for the tasks completed, then they ask you to join a telegram channel where once they gain your confidence they will try to get confidential information like aadhaar or PAN or bank account details from you or make you click on a link or install a App on your smartphone through which they hack your phone or computer and commit financial frauds. By the time you realize it’s a scam, you’ve already transferred a lot of money or information to the scamster.

How you can protect yourself from WhatsApp call fraud :-

If you have been scammed by WhatsApp call fraud:-

Immediately call 1930 cyber helpline or file a complaint at If you have shared Aadhaar with someone, lock your Aadhaar card at Block and Report the number in WhatsApp app. Call the concerned bank and lodge a  complaint   to freeze the funds. If you had clicked on the hyperlink in the message, then your device may be infected with software virus, please either run antivirus or format or factory reset the device.

Remedies available to WhatsApp call fraud victim legally :-

One can register a criminal case in cyber police station under :

Frequently Asked Questions :-

  1. How do I report or block a scammer on WhatsApp?

    You can report caller or block a sender within WhatsApp, by clicking on the caller in call list and click “i” and then select either block or report the caller option at the bottom.

  2. How do I know if I am getting a local or a International call in WhatsApp?

    Calls within India are suffixed by +91, which is India’s telecom country code, any call with a different prefix will be an International call.

  3. Can I block all International calls in WhatsApp?

    There is no such option available currently with WhatsApp to block International calls or calls from unknown numbers.

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