Owned by Facebook, WhatsApp is the most popular instant messenger in India. Photograph: (WION)
WhatsApp users are advised to be a little wary of messages that they receive from unknown people. According to a report from Independent.co.uk, a new scam is doing the rounds and it is trying to charge users for using the instant messaging app by faking a subscription fee.
"People are being targeted by a message that reads: Your subscription has expired, and to verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GBP simply tap on this link," says the report.
The instant messenger is free to download and use. While WhatsApp used to charge a subscription fee earlier, it no longer exists.
With this new scam, people are being tricked into providing their payment details. And therefore, we suggest you avoid any such message and avoid clicking on any suspicious link that reaches you as a WhatsApp message.
In fact, people are advised to immediately delete such a message and block the sender, so that they can no longer send you malicious messages.