Winnie Ntshaba is the latest celebrity victim of the WhatsApp number-porting scam
The actress reportedly opened a case of fraud at the Honeydew Police Station after her friends were swindled out of thousands of rands.
Speaking to the Daily Sun, the former Generations star revealed that the scammers messaged her WhatsApp contacts claiming she had been arrested for driving under the influence.
“They messaged two of my friends from Durban and Joburg, who sent money because they believed I was in trouble. I don’t want to say much because police are investigating the matter,” she told the publications.
Winnie’s friends lost R8 000 in the scam.
The 44-year-old noticed something was wrong with her number when she could not make any calls because the network was not working.
Earlier this year, Bob Mabena also fell victim to a similar scam
He received a text message confirming that his request to port his number was successful, but there was one problem – he had made no such request.
“Hello friends. My cell number has been hacked and the thugs are asking for donations claiming that I am in trouble. Pls ignore. I am fixing the problem,” Bob tweeted.
The hackers asked the radio presenter’s contacts to ewallet them money. One of Bob’s friends revealed that the criminals asked him to send R1 500.
Others stars whose WhatsApp accounts have been hacked include Takkies, Anele Mdoda, Kwesta, Somizi and Zahara whose friends and family were also asked to send money.
In many cases the criminals port the victim’s cell phone number to another network. Once the number is ported, they download WhatsApp and gain access to all the contacts associated with the number.
WhatsApp users have been urged to use the WhatsApp two-step verification facility to help prevent criminal activity
You will be able to set up a six-number password for your account, which will be needed any time WhatsApp is set up on a new phone.
Watch the video below to see how it is done.