Bhubaneswar: The Crime Branch (CB) of Odisha Police has issued advisory for parents over a new WhatsApp spam message dubbed as Olivia Hoax, which befriends young children and tricks into viewing explicit images.
The CB on its official Twitter account posted an advisory warning the parents to keep a through watch on their kid’s online activities.
New WhatsApp spam named Olivia Hoax is targeting young children by befriending them.#Olivia
Parents are advised to keenly watch on children’s online activity.
Dont accept any message from unknown or suspicious looking no.#SayNOtoCyberStrangers pic.twitter.com/Wlh7VaGYG2
— Crime Branch, Odisha Police (@CIDOdisha) September 14, 2018
The CB has also cautioned not to accept any message from unknown sources on the social messaging application.
According to police, young children are being targeted by a new WhatsApp hoax, which tricks them into viewing explicit images. Children are contacted via the messenger app by an unknown number posing as a friend called ‘Olivia’. When the recipient demands proof that they are indeed someone they know, the sender sends a link to pornographic images. The motives of the hoaxers remain unclear.
Steps WhatsApp asks to follow, if you receive a hoax message:
In the event that you or someone you know receives a hoax message, there are some simple actions you can take to protect yourself.
WhatsApp first recommends blocking the sender, disregarding the message and deleting it.
Secondly, the messenger app recommends that users avoid passing on messages to contacts.
WhatsApp also recommends users look out for the following red flags when identifying hoax messages:
- The sender claims to be affiliated with WhatsApp
- The message content includes instructions to forward the message
- The message claims you can avoid punishment, like account suspension, if you forward the message
- The message content includes a reward or gift from WhatsApp or another person