WhatsApp Gold? it is a hoax
If you’ve recently received a message inviting you to a ‘limited edition’ version of WhatsApp, it is a hoax. Clicking on the link tricks users into downloading an epidemic which can then hack your phone.
A warning message reads: “If you recognize anyone using WhatsApp you would possibly expire this. An IT colleague has advised that a video comes out tomorrow from WhatsApp called Martinelli don’t open ti, it hacks your phone and zip will fix it. Spread the word.”
It adds: “If you receive a message to update the Whatsapp to Whatsapp Gold, don’t click !!!! Now said on the news this virus is difficult and severe. Pass it on to all or any.”
There are different versions of the WhatsApp Gold message since 2016; it is a longstanding scam, which claims that an exclusive, hidden version of WhatsApp has video chats, send 100 pictures directly, and delete messages after they need been sent.
The message invites users to click on a link to download the ‘upgrade’, which then directs them to an internet site filled with malicious software. So if you receive the message, don’t click thereon. Just delete it immediately.
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