TWO SCAMS OF THE WEEK: WhatsApp and Robert Godwin

So this is a real shitty week in terms of scummy people and their attempts to part you from your rightfully-earned money. 

WhatsApp Email

There’s an email circulating that is an attempt to infect your computer(s) with malware, puporting to be from WhatsApp. Here is KnowBe4’s take:

Criminal hackers are constantly trying to trick people into clicking on links or open attachments they did not ask for. Their new “scam of the week” is to send you an email that looks like it comes from WhatsApp and claims it is a voice mail left for you. It’s not.

Do not click on the “Play” button. If you do, your computer will get infected with malware which can cause your identity to get stolen, or all your (or the organization’s) files held for ransom. 

Here is a general safety rule: Instead of clicking a link in an unverified email claiming it’s from WhatsApp (or any other social media) log in to your WhatsApp account the standard way instead and check for any messages there. Remember: “When in doubt, throw it out!”


Robert Goodwin’s Murder and Scams

This happens every time there’s a high-profile murder or celebrity death. Emails get circulated, claiming to to have exclusive footage, or a link to some group that can help the affected victim(s) or their families.

(RELATED: Facebook Murders in Chicago Over Easter Weekend)

This latest one is of the latter variety. It seems that several people, unaffiliated with Mr. Goodwin’s family, have opened up several GoFundMe accounts to assist with Mr. Goodwin’s family. 

The problem is that they’re all fake, and do NOTHING for his family. In fact, the family has said that they have no such account set up, and asked people to not give any money to these accounts.

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