Soumya Prakash Pradhan

WhatsApp, owned by Meta, has emerged as a very popular communication platform. At the same time, it has also become a medium to spread fake news and commit online scams.

A recent scam called 'Pink WhatsApp' is spreading rapidly. It tricks users with the promise of a new look and more features.
The Mumbai Police have issued a warning, emphasising the risks of this scam and advising users to be careful.

Pink WhatsApp Scam

According to the Mumbai Police, the Pink WhatsApp scam is a deceptive scheme that preys on users through a message that falsely guarantees a logo colour update and introduces new features.

In reality, it is a phishing attempt designed to deceive unsuspecting individuals.

If you click on the provided link, it will initiate the download of a malicious application that compromises the security of your mobile device.

Subsequently, the scammers can gain unauthorized access and assume control over your device, as per the claims.

The Mumbai Police warns users about the risks of clicking on the Pink WhatsApp link.

These risks include the unauthorised use of contact numbers and saved pictures, which can lead to privacy breaches.

There is also a potential for financial losses through unlawful transactions or scams.

Additionally, clicking the link may result in the misuse of login credentials, posing a threat to your personal and online accounts.

Odisha-based cyber security expert Prashant Sahu has shared some valuable tips to protect yourself from the Pink WhatsApp scam.

Firstly, if you have already installed the software, it is crucial to uninstall it immediately.

Secondly, ensure that you log out from all devices where your WhatsApp is currently logged in.

This includes desktops and mobile phones. Once logged out, log back in.

If the issue is resolved, that is great news. However, if the problem persists, it is recommended to back up your essential data and format your mobile phone.

Additionally, it is essential to ignore and refrain from forwarding any suspicious links.

"These scams have the potential to compromise your security, including reading your OTPs and gaining complete control over your mobile device. Stay vigilant and be cautious of such scams," said Sahu.

Protect from the Pink WhatsApp Scam

  1. Uninstall the fake app if you downloaded it by mistake.
  2. Do not click on links from unknown sources without verifying their authenticity.
  3. Install or update apps only from official sources.
  4. Avoid forwarding unverified links or messages.
  5. Do not share sensitive information online.