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How to identify and avoid fake WhatsApp messages

Learning how to be safe on social media networks is really important. We often come face to face with some people who are being abusive or rude on social media. They post abusive or some content that is simply not made for social media or internet networks. You can easily find abusive people that wish to do you some kind of harm on the web. You should always be prepared and well educated for that kind of situation.

We will be giving you a guide that will help you recognize fake messages that are often found on WhatsApp.

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First of all, what is WhatsApp?

WhatsApp is an application that allows you to communicate with others only if you have mobile data or a working Wi-Fi. It’s basically an app like Viber, Messenger on Instagram. You can chat with your contacts that have the WhatsApp account, video chat with them, send voice or photo messages. And you can even update your status. It’s a feature that is similar to Facebook’s. Since it’s a social network that’s among the most used ones and the most influenced one, people sometimes try to scam other users.

How to recognize fake WhatsApp messages?

  • If you get a new message and it has a label on top of it that says “Forwarded” be aware that that message can just be fake news or something like that. If the message that you received has this kind of label, keep in mind that the person who sent you that did not write it. If you wish to forward that message to someone else, just please have in mind that it’s in most cases, fake.
  • Copy the content of the message and do a Google research. If the search results are similar to the message you’ve got, the news is for sure fake.
  • If you receive a photo, video, or a gif, have in mind that this kind of file can always be photoshopped and edited so that you will think they are indeed true. To make sure whether the file you received is fake or true, do a Google Image Search. If the results of the search show you similar content to the file you’ve got, well you will logically know that the photo or a video is not valid.
  • Maybe you’ve got a message that makes you worried, scared, or angry. Know that this kind of message are meant to make you feel that way for some reason and that they are not valid in most cases.
  • You’ve maybe received an URL link of the McDonald’s fries voucher giveaway. One word, FAKE. Do not fall for these fake giveaways. If you open a link you’ve got, there’s a possibility that you will get hacked, or that they will make you give out your information (such as phone number, address, credit card information) do not fall for these scams. They aren’t real unless the company itself posted it on their page.
  • If you receive the same message from several people, it’s for sure fake. Scams tend to go viral, as many people believe in them, they will share and share and share with others in hope that they will get a free iPhone, a voucher for some coffee shop or some amount of money.
  • Use your logic. When you get face to face with this kind of message. You will for sure not be scammed or tricked into giving out your personal information if you use your common sense.

We hope that this article has helped you in recognizing the fake messages that sometimes go viral in this famous app. Stay alert when using social media!

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