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WhatsApp scam warning as Black Friday shoppers targeted by fake deals

By reviews / 24. November 2018
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As shoppers around the world take advantage of some truly incredible Black Friday 2018 deals, hackers are also looking to profit from the annual shopping event, with a new WhatsApp malware scam threatening Android and iPhone users everywhere.

Security experts have warned those looking to benefit from the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals bonanza that WhatsApp is being targeted by scammers promoting fake deals.

The ubiquitous messaging app has often fallen victim to hacks, who in this case are sending out fraudulent links purporting to offer Black Friday supermarket deals.

Instead, the links expose you and your contacts to malware and other cyber nastiesSainsbury’s, Spar and Morrisons are among the retailers understood to have been targeted.

Raj Samani, McAfee Fellow and Chief Scientist, warned of the Black Friday hacking risk in an emailed statement (H/T).

“Black Friday is a minefield for shoppers and presents a huge opportunity for cyber criminals to take advantage of unaware Brits. Consumers should remember that if an advert for a deal looks too good to be true, it probably isthink before you click on a link to a discount. The same goes for emails and messages you receive through platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. If a great discount lands in your inbox, you are best off to check out the site directly rather than clicking on any links,” the cyber security expert cautioned.

Reports have also surfaced on social media highlight the alarming WhatsApp Black Friday scam.


To be sure of avoiding Black Friday scams, we advise only buying direct through the websites of established retailersand if you want to save some time, we’ve been busy rounding up the very best Black Friday sales all weekend.

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Today’s Best Black Friday Deals – The deals you don’t want to miss

Apple iPhone Xr 64GB White – Unmissable 100GB Black Friday deal

This is the bargain of Black Friday and not to be missed. An iPhone XR for free and just £36 a month for 100GB of data? Yes, please.

All-new Kindle Paperwhite – Now waterproof and twice the storage – with special offers

Save £30 on the newly-released Kindle Paperwhite, our favourite Kindle yet.

Samsung Galaxy S9 – Stellar 40GB data deal (use code TRUSTED10)

The excellent Galaxy S9 with 40GB of data and a low monthly cost. Use our exclusive code to take £10 off the upfront.

Oral-B Smart Series 6000 CrossAction Electric Rechargeable Toothbrush with Bluetooth

An insane one day deal on this excellent Oral-B electric toothbrush.

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