Fraudsters try to trick WhatsApp users to gain access to their 6-digit verification code, which is basically a One Time Password (OTP) used by WhatsApp to log-in to an account. If you give someone your verification code, knowingly or unknowingly, it will result in your WhatsApp account being hacked.
How Can Your WhatsApp Account be Hacked or Stolen?Fraudsters try to trick WhatsApp users into gaining access to their 6-digit verification code, which is basically a One Time Password (OTP) used by WhatsApp to log-in to an account.
Using two-step verification saves you from your WhatsApp account being compromised even if someone gets their hands on your personal SIM card or your verification code.
Thankfully, since the chats are stored on your phone, the hacker will not be able to read your old conversations but can use your WhatsApp account for unwanted motives. Thankfully, there is a walkaround to get back or recover your WhatsApp account.
How to recover Your hacked WhatsApp accountTo recover your hacked WhatsApp account, you need to log-in again into WhatsApp with your phone number. You will receive a 6-digit verification code through SMS that WhatsApp reads and logs you in automatically. The moment you log-in, the hacker or impostor will be automatically logged out of your account.
In case the fraudster activates the two-step verification after gaining access to your WhatsApp account, you will be asked to enter that code. In this case, you will be asked to wait for 7 days to recover your account. While you wait for account recovery, the hacker can no longer access your account.
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How to Fully Secure Your WhatsApp AccountTo save your WhatsApp account from scams, you should never share your activation code or OTP with anyone. Moreover, do not forget to activate the two-step verification for a safer experience. Here is how you can do it.
Beware of spammy calls that ask you to share your personal information or ask you to install individual apps.