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“WeChat Out” is a new feature in WeChat that enables calls to landline or mobile phones. Using WeChat Out, users can easily make affordable and high-quality calls from anywhere in the world to anywhere else. WeChat Out is easy-to-use. WeChat Out is a VoIP feature designed by WeChat to help users call mobile and landlines around the globe at low rates. WeChat Out is only available for users outside Mainland China. Currently, the feature is on live in the United States, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Macau, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia. For WeChat account security, phone numbers provided by virtual network operators such as Skype Out, Google Voice, RingCentral, and others cannot be used for unblocking WeChat accounts. It's recommended that you unblock your account using a phone. Unfreeze account after security risks are removed. About Tencent WeChat Home Contact Us Privacy Policy.

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WeChat Out is a VoIP feature designed by WeChat to help users call mobile and landlines around the globe at low rates. WeChat Out is only available for users outside Mainland China. Currently, the feature is on live in the United States, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Macau, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and under test in some other countries and regions. We will cover more regions in the near future.

However, this service is not available in Canada.

Source: WeChat Help Center

Firstly, let's understand the scale of WeChat. Tencent reported 697 million active users in 2015 Q4, a growth of 39% from the same period last year, if this growth continues at the same pace Wechat will have more than 1.1 billion active users by the end of 2016, makes it the largest of its kind on the planet.

Who uses Wechat?

Above 85% of Wechat users in China are aged between 18-35 years old. This is the generation that used computer in schools, so: Technical savvies. Continue reading...

Gender Distribution in WeChat?

Sounds sexist, I'm not sure what's the reason behind that 64% of WeChat registered users in China are males.

Now the BIG QUESTION, How does fraud happen in WeChat?

1) Through your stolen mobile

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The fraudster will use your Wechat account, link the account with his/her mobile number and email, then contact friends and family members asking for money pretending they are you.

2) The Changing Account - Fraud

Your friend will contact you one day saying this is his/her new Wechat account, their Wechat photo and albums will look relevant too.

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The fraudster through knowing Wechat information of your contacts, used another Wechat account to match your friend's account and photos, then contact you later ask to ask for money.

3) Fake account - Fraud

Someone will suddenly add you from nowhere; they normally look elegant, rich and classy; have a decent conversation for days or weeks. After a while they will claim a cash problem, surgery, cancer and ask for money.... you know the rest.

4) Commission buying - Fraud

The fraudster will claim to be a seller of certain goods from overseas at a discount price or special offer, afterward, goods got caught by the customs and you need to pay the custom duty, otherwise both of you are in trouble, after you pay... hardly anyone receive the goods.

5) Trojans Fraud

Some Wechat shops (Wechat accounts selling goods online) might send you a QR code to pay for a product, when scanning the QR code it will download a Trojan file (Virus) into your mobile that will steal your Wechat account name and password and send it to a third party who will control your account later.

6) Sign-up Fraud.

Some commercial online shops will ask you to give them a 'Like'. For sending a like your mobile number and other details will be required through a sign-up form. The Fraudster will use this as a protective skin to collect the maximum number of info, the online shop will suddenly disappear. Your mobile no, Wechat account and other personal info can be used in other frauds mentioned here.

7) Recruitment or Service Fraud

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The fraudster will claim to be an employer or hitching a ride or a date, they will take you to a certain place then do: Robbery, rape, or let you pay the date excessive bill.

8) Public-Account look-alike Fraud:

The fraudster will register a Wechat account with a name similar to one public account, something like 'Social Welfare Query' , then start sending you updates regarding social Welfare, one day they ask you to make an urgent payment otherwise your social welfare will be degraded or expired...got it?

9) Conspiracy Fraud.

While searching for people around, you find a hot girl or a someone wants to learn your foreign language, they claim to be single, you go together for a date or you get caught in the bedroom by the police or husband (The Fraudster friend) and ask you for money. In lighter versions you exchange photos with the fraudster who later ask for money in return for not making you a nude star.


About WeChat Payment:

I saw many expats freaking out when Wechat asks them to link a bank card when joining a WeChat group, here's the deal:

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WeChat supports payment and money transfer. WeChat Payment is competing with Alipay. As of March 2016, WeChat Payment has over 300 million users worldwide. To put this into perspective, Paypal, the largest online payment service outside China has 173 million users by the end of 2015.

So don't freak out when WeChat asks to link a bank card, this is their growth strategy and a way to ensure big groups don't have fake accounts. Any account that links a bank card means it's traceable. If you are paranoid like me, use a bank card with $1 balance or an old bank card. In some cases you need to go to the bank with your ID or passport to activate that service. There's no fraud related to linking a bank card in WeChat.

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Conclusion

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To avoid Wechat fraud :

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  • Hide your album photos from strangers and public.

  • Don't trust strangers you add or add you and drag you into dates or car ride or payments..etc

  • Don't lose your mobile, make sure to link your Wechat to your email and mobile, this allows you to recover your account if lost.

  • Don't believe anyone asking for money in Wechat, even your relatives and family members, confirm their identity by a phone call or other ways.

  • Don't provide your telephone no and personal details to online platforms or strangers on WeChat.

  • No one can spend your money in Wechat without your password, so you know what to do.


Majdi Alhmah
Jobtube - CEO

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Use Wechat to scan the below QR code and join our Public Account for jobs in China for Expats and Returnees.

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References:
www.Wikipedia.com/Wechat
www.statista.com