Cuttack: The Odisha Police has issued an advisory on a Whatsapp spam named ‘Olivia Hoax’, asking parents to keenly watch the online activity of their children.
In a warning against the spam, the Odisha Crime Branch on Friday tweeted that it targets children by befriending them and then tricks them into viewing explicit images.
It has advised them not to accept any message from unknown senders on the popular messaging app.
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
Olivia is a sexually-explicit spam that shows up in the individual chat between a user and a new contact posing to be someone called Olivia. The sender claims to be a school friend of younger users and pretends as a friend that wants to you to save their number.
This content is designed in a manner to engage the children with the fake profile before it eventually shares a link to a website featuring pornographic content.
The message which was first circulated in England has the potential to affect the users anywhere in the world.