WhatsApp spam: New feature will protect users from fraudsters

Joanna Estrada
January 16, 2018

By marking them as forwarded many times, the developers aim to stop false news, spam or fake rumors to stop spreading throughout millions of users in a large region and to keep things under control.

The warning feature is now being tested in the beta version 2.17.430 of the app.

With over 1.2 billion users worldwide, WhatsApp has grown to become the most popular messaging app on the planet, and with so many users onboard it's a major platform for fraudsters and spammers to try and dupe a lot of people.

This can come in handy in group chats which can get a bit crowded with messages, so being able to jump to messages that directly pertain to you can come in handy.

The feature is still in the development stage but WABetaInfo claim that it could be launched at the next Android update. Once a message goes viral, it ends up being shared on multiple groups and most users have to scroll through the same set of messages again and again.

A warning message from the company will appear prominently at the top of the chat bubble.

As you can see in the screenshot above, when you are mentioned in a group chat and when you open that chat, there will be a numbered notification that will show depending on how many times you have been mentioned.

WhatsApp seems to be aware about the issue and has published tips for spotting spam and hoax messages. These spam messages trick the user into believing it is true and elicit sensitive banking and personal information.

While the feature might not cut out spam altogether, it should make it easier to identify spam messages and ignore them.

In its own spam guide WhatsApp advises users to beware of messages with poor spelling and grammar or any messages that request personal information. You can also report the user as Spam from here.

Often spam messages look to fool users into thinking they have to act to continue using the app for free. If an unknown contact sends a message to a person, WhatsApp asks the latter if it's a spam message.

If receive a spam message from a number you don't have saved, you should block the sender, so they can no longer message or call you through WhatsApp.

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