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WhatsApp feature makes it easier to identify scam group chats

WhatsApp will soon display a ‘context card’ feature when a person is added to a group chat by someone they don’t know, in a bid to improve user security and reduce fraud on the messaging service.

The added reference feature will include information such as if the person who created the group is your contact if you have similar groups, and if his or her phone number is registered in another country.

Group chat context cards have already rolled out to WhatsApp’s two billion users globally and will roll out in the coming weeks.

WhatsApp context card feature. Shows the start of a group chat on the WhatsApp platform and a button to exit the group.

Credit: Meta

The idea is that this will give the user the information they need to reply, add them as a contact, block them, or report them.

There’s also a ‘Leave group’ button so people can quickly leave the group chat and a ‘Safety tools’ link that gives more information about this. Steps being taken by WhatsApp,

Meta-Proprietary Communication System says: “Blocking and reporting a suspicious user can help prevent others from being scammed by the same account.”

WhatsApp strengthens features to prevent suspicious activity

This feature is just another WhatsApp’s approach It aims to improve user experience and raise awareness about suspicious messages.

“Creating a safe place for our users to communicate with one another is our priority. We work diligently to reduce any spam or unwanted messages that are sent on WhatsApp.”

Just like with regular SMS or phone calls, unknown users can contact you through the platform. WhatsApp says: “These people might send you messages because they want to trick you into giving them personal or financial information, or they want to spread misinformation.

“Scams can happen anywhere and affect anyone, so we want to help you recognize them and protect yourself from them.”

The messaging platform has identified certain signals as potentially suspicious, and these include grammatical errors, asking to tap a link or download an app, and asking for personal information, among other telltale signs.

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