These are the most common WhatsApp scams

In Mexico, the Federal Consumer Protection Agency (Profeco) informed the general public about the ways in which they are more likely to fall for WhatsApp scams.

These are the most common WhatsApp scams
As far as WhatsApp scams go, these are the most typical ones to expect. Photo by Mourizal Zativa / Unsplash

Profeco, the Federal Consumer Protection Agency, says that social networks have become one of the most common ways to trick Mexicans in recent years. In the most recent issue of Consumer Magazine, Profeco talked about the most common scams, which mostly involve messaging apps like WhatsApp.

If you've ever gotten a message like "we invite you to work from home," "earn $2,000 a day from your phone," or "you won a new cell phone, click here to fill out the shipping information," it's likely that you were the victim of a digital scam that tried to steal your personal information.

How is a scam generated through WhatsApp?

Profeco wrote down at least five of the most common ways these scams happen via WhatsApp and put them in the following categories:

Job Offers

In this area, it was stressed that you shouldn't trust any message from a recruiter of a well-known company offering you a job. Recruiters usually provide good salaries and good places to work, so they send you a link to steal your personal information or talk to you usually to get it.

Payment of loans

One of the most common types of messages came from people claiming to be debt collectors. These messages use aggressive language to scare people into paying off a debt or earning a lot of interest.


The most common one that people fell for was the one about sending gifts or prizes won in fake contests. This is because people are asked to fill in information through a link that only gets personal information.

Governmental support

In the name of the Federal Government and through supposed calls to opt for an economic incentive, this is another of how people have been scammed since they are asked to fill out false forms on sites that violate the privacy of the device.

Tax refunds

Through this scam, taxpayers are invited to click on an apocryphal link to see a balance in their favor on the tax return. However, it should be noted that the Tax Administration Service (SAT) does not have WhatsApp, nor does it communicate in this way.