WhatsAppers beware! There’s another scam in town, and it’s been catching out LOTS of unsuspecting users.
If you have received an exclusive invitation to install a “limited edition” version of the popular messaging app called WhatsApp Gold, don’t be fooled.
There is only one version of WhatsApp, and it’s the version you are already using.
Victims of the scam have reportedly received a message that says: “Hey Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too.”
The upgrade claims to offer new features such as the ability to have video chats, send 100 pictures at once, and delete messages after you have sent them.
Users are then asked to click on a link to download the update.
However, the link takes them to website that is riddled with malicious software, infecting their smartphones with nasty viruses.
It is not known how many people have been received the message. However, it seems to have mainly infected Android devices.
If you receive the message, delete it straight away and install antivirus software on your phone – which you should download directly from the Google Play app store.
WhatsApp Gold is not the first scam that has gone viral on the app. Previously scam/spam messages would go viral claiming to be from one of the founders, insisting the user forward the message to 100 friends to show that they were active users, else their account would get shut down.
Also there was the WhatsApp Plus app, which as the Telegraph report points, was not authorised by the company and claimed that it will “let users send pictures, videos and music files of an umlimited size.”
WhatsApp Gold appears to be another take of this; users should not click on the link as it could be a malware. Also remember to warn all your aunts and uncles that they should not forward the message is it a scam.