Users are being scammed by WhatsApp's new phishing scam, which is reportedly offering a free visa and other benefits to anyone who want to work in the United Kingdom. Users are being told that the UK will need more than 132,000 additional workers in 2022, and that the government is conducting a recruitment drive, with over 186,000 vacant positions.
WhatsApp users are reportedly receiving emails on their phones, presumably promising a free visa and other benefits, especially for those who are willing to travel to the United Kingdom for work. This scam involves sending messages to WhatsApp users and telling them that the UK will need over 132,000 additional workers in 2022, and that the government is conducting a recruitment drive, with over 186,000 vacant positions available.
If a user clicks on it, they are served a fraudulent domain masquerading as a UK Visas and Immigration website. Moreover, foreigners are being asked to apply for thousands of jobs already available in the United Kingdom.
The scam claims that the program covers travel expenses, lodging, and medical services. Applicant must be 16 years or older. Can speak basic English. BENEFIT OF THE PROGRAM: ASSISTANCE WITH A VISA
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How to Relieve Yourself From This WhatsApp Fraud
The WhatsApp scam is not a new phenomenon, although there have been instances in the past where individuals have lost a lot of money. Because the messages on WhatsApp are end-to-end encrypted, it becomes difficult to trace the perpetrators. The easiest and best way to avoid such scams is to ignore these information-laden, convincing messages that claim that you have found employment in a foreign country or have made a lot of money and more.
The purpose of these scams is to gather personal information, such as names, email addresses, phone numbers, marital status, and employment status. The report claims that the free application form is automatically approved, and victims are told that they will be given a work permit, a visa, flights, and accommodation in the United Kingdom for free, which is not at all true, but a scam.
Malwarebytes notes that this is yet another if too good to be true escapade that should be avoided.
This is absolutely not the first time that a scam is being circulated on the mobile messaging app. A WhatsApp KBC scam was also recently circulated on the app that was offering users a lottery amount of Rs. 25 lakh.