Many scammers have used WhatsApp to try to defraud unsuspecting victims of their money.
Double verification codes may be needed to try to prevent further attacks, according to WABetaInfo, a WhatsApp news and update website.
This is because cyber criminals are currently attempting to utilise people’s WhatsApp accounts with a single verification code.
They do this by posing as a government officer who need the code.
Once they have the code, they can go into your account and send messages to your friends and family as you.
What is WhatsApp double verification?
When you receive two verification codes instead of one, this is known as double verification.
When checking in from a new device, WhatsApp plans to issue an additional verification code that is independent from the one received via text message.
If you receive a second code from WhatsApp, it’s a sign that someone is trying to steal your account, and you shouldn’t share it with anyone.
The feature is still in development and may never be implemented.
How to recognise a scam?
Scammers will attempt to contact you unexpectedly and create a sense of urgency.
Don’t be hurried into anything, and don’t phone numbers you don’t recognise.
If you’re aware of the fraud, report it on WhatsApp’s settings page and to Action Fraud.