Soumya Prakash Pradhan

The popular messaging platform, WhatsApp, owned by Meta, is widely used globally, with users relying on it daily from morning to night.

In the digital age, where apps make tasks easier, people unfortunately become targets for scams.

A recent WhatsApp feature has been exploited by scammers, leading to financial scams.

Many scams involve the misuse of OTPs, granting scammers access to various features.

Recently, WhatsApp introduced a new feature ‘screen sharing’ which scammers are using to deceive people.

When users enable screen sharing, wrongdoers gain access to smartphones, compromising messages and even OTPs.

As per the Indian Express reports highlight instances of individuals losing money and being locked out of their social media accounts due to WhatsApp screen share scams. Scammers can manipulate passwords remotely through this feature.

To protect yourself during screen sharing on WhatsApp, follow these steps:

  1. Avoid accepting voice and video calls from unknown numbers on WhatsApp.
  2. Never share OTPs, credit and debit card numbers, or CVVs.
  3. Do not disclose your password to anyone.
  4. Decline screen share requests from unfamiliar contacts.

These precautions can help safeguard your information and prevent falling victim to scams while using WhatsApp's screen-sharing feature.