Users warned about Whatsapp Gold malware scam


Whatsapp users are being warned about receiving a message which promises a supposed upgrade to the popular instant messaging app.

A number of users have reported receiving messages asking them to sign up to Whatsapp Gold, which claims to be a premium version of Whatsapp that offers users a selection of exclusive features including the option to send hundreds of photos in one go, video calling, new emojis and enhanced security settings.

The message also claims that Whatsapp Gold had previously only been available to celebrities.

The fake message reads: “Hey Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too”

Whatsapp Gold malware message

However, there is no Whatsapp Gold and don’t be fooled if you receive such a message as it is nothing more than a scam.

Tapping on the link included in the message does nothing more than infect your phone with malware, which has been created by hackers and cyber criminals to steal your personal data.

And while Whatsapp has introduced a number of new features recently such as end to end encryption and desktop app for Windows and Mac, it hasn’t yet introduced video calling, although its introduction is rumoured to be imminent.

Whatsapp Gold isn’t the only scam doing the rounds recently on the Facebook owned messaging app. ‘Whatsapp Plus’ is a similar scam which has also targeted users.

However, Whatsapp has informed users on its FAQ page that it has no association with the dodgy app:

“WhatsApp Plus is an application that was not developed by WhatsApp, nor is it authorised by WhatsApp.”

The Whatsapp Gold scam comes just weeks after a similar scam targeted iPhone users in an attempt to try and trick them into handing over their iCloud ID.

A number of users Tweeted about receiving a message which claimed to be from Apple iSupport.

However, it was also found to be a scam, with Apple later confirming it would never send messages to users asking for their iCloud ID.


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