Whats App is popular in South Africa, which has resulted in it gaining the attention of fraudsters and scammers.
If a legitimate profile has been in active use for several months without cause for concern, then compromising this profile will allow the fraudster to benefit not just from the plausible appearance of the profile, but also take over several ongoing conversations.
The online dating sites targeted by the latest attack include match.com, Christian Mingle, POF (Plenty Of Fish), e Harmony, Chemistry.com, Senior People Meet, Zoosk, Lavalife, amongst others.
Only eight of the 862 fraudulent scripts on the server targeted banks.
More than half of these addresses used the domain, while was the next most common choice.
Although most of the fraudster's scripts target online dating sites, some of them are also designed to steal credentials from users of these webmail platforms.