The LINE messaging app has proven to be an effective way of communicating with friends, after just recently being able to download it from the United States! This app has cute little stickers you can send back and forth to your friends, and you can make video calls on it as well in addition to instant messaging your friends. You are also able to send videos and pictures to your friends whenever you want to. Even though this app has its perks, it is also a good idea to watch out for LINE messaging app scams.
Top 5 LINE Messaging App Scams To Watch Out For
Gift Card Scam
Scammers message you, trying to convince you to send them a gift card. In most cases, they will pretend to be your co-worker needing a gift card for a business event. In other cases, they will pretend to be a family member or friend that you know, and in some cases will even hack their LINE accounts! Once you send over the gift card code, they will block you off the app and use it for their own personal reasons.
A phishing scam is when a scammer sends you a link over LINE and gives you an excuse as to why you should go on this certain link. Once you go on it, the fake website usually asks for a ton of personal information that scammers can use to commit identity fraud which allows them to steal your finances. These links could also contain malware that could infect your devices.
In unique cases, the scammer might pretend to be from LINE customer service and send you an email with a link, claiming your account has been compromised. The page then redirects you to a fake website that looks exactly like the LINE log-in page, but isn’t. Don’t enter your information on this page, and instead go onto the actual LINE app to change your password.
You Won! Scam
The scammer sends you a link on the app, claiming that you won a prize. To claim this prize, you must click the link and enter a bunch of your personal information. Like the previous scam mentioned above, this could lead to the scammer committing identity fraud under your name. In other cases, the scammer asks for a small fee to claim this prize over the LINE app. This is just a way for scammers to take your money and use it for themselves, and will not send you the prize they promised.
Scammers state that they will help you earn a lot of money. All you need to do is send them over a small portion of funds along with your confidential personal information, and they will send you back $10,000. Sounds great, right? Except when you send them over this information and a small portion of the money, they block you and you never see the $10,000 that they promised you.
With a romance scam, you meet a beautiful person on a dating app and they seem super charming. You guys start messaging on the LINE messaging app, and they continue to talk with you every day about anything you want to. They seem like they are your dream person, and nothing can go wrong with them.
However, once you start to trust them, they start asking you for small amounts of money for little things, such as groceries for the week. Then, they ask you for money for emergencies that are related to their job or their livelihood. Once they have drained your bank account, they stop communicating with you and block you, taking your money with them.
How to Avoid LINE Messaging App Scams
- Don’t send anyone any money or gift card codes for any reason.
- Don’t send anyone any personal information for any reason, including phone numbers.
- Avoid clicking on random links.
- Use two-factor authentication on your account when you are given the option to.
- Don’t give anyone your log-in information to any of your social media accounts.
Social Catfish is Here to Help You with LINE Messaging App Scams!
At Social Catfish, we want to help you verify the identities of those who have scammed you. If you have their name, email address, phone number, social media username, or image, you can reverse search and see who the scammer was that you’ve been in contact with when dealing with these LINE messaging app scams