If you received a Whatsapp forward link with a message that Qatar Airways is giving away free tickets to celebrate its 25th anniversary, just disregard or delete the message. This is a phishing message intended to steal your personal data or Privilege Club membership information or even your banking data. 

Last year Qatar Airways took to social media to alert customers about a fraudulent message that promises to give away business class tickets as part of it’s anniversary celebrations. The phishing scam is still circulating via Whatsapp.

Here are some tips to protect yourself from falling victim to phishing scams doing the rounds:

  • Never click on suspicious links, even if it is from reliable contacts
  • Check the spelling of the website and look for minor inconsistencies that may cue a phishing website
  • Book travel arrangements via reputable agents or the official website
  • Make sure the site you are on is secure before keying in your contact information – look for a padlock symbol in the address bar
  • Don’t share unconfirmed information with your contacts

Below are some tips by Whatsapp:

If a message looks suspicious or sounds too good to be true, don’t tap on it, share it or forward it.

Watch out for messages that:

  • Include misspellings or grammatical mistakes
  • Ask you to tap on a link
  • Ask you to share your personal information (like credit card and bank account numbers, birthdate, passwords, etc.)
  • Ask you to forward the message
  • Ask you to click on a link to “activate” a new feature
  • Say that you have to pay to use WhatsApp (WhatsApp is a free app. We will never ask you to pay to use WhatsApp and you do not have to do anything to use WhatsApp for free.)

What to do

If you are receiving the message from an unknown number, you will be given the option to report the number to WhatsApp directly from the app.

If you have received spam from a contact, delete the message and do not click on any links or provide personal information. Tell the contact that the message they sent includes spam and point them to the WhatsApp safety page.

You can also send reports to WhatsApp by contacting them from inside the app.