WhatsApp Gold is back: Beware of this virus!

Written by Newsroom Staff January 7, 2019 12:21

New Delhi: The WhatsApp Gold message is back again, promising to give hidden premium features to the one who downloads it. Except, it’s obviously a hoax, and downloads malware onto your phone. The hoax, which went viral in 2016, is doing the rounds again.

The fake app which millions of users downloaded last year, is back again. WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging applications in the world and while there are over a billion users who have installed the Facebook-owned app on their devices, its popularity has its own share of drawbacks. The biggest disadvantage is the fact that there are a huge number of fake updates and duplicate apps available on Google Play.

The scam encourages users to click on a dangerous link via the app to “update” to the alleged premium service.

Once they’ve clicked the link, they are then taken to a website riddled with malware, which can break into your phone, and steal your messages and other private data.

And, according to the message doing the rounds this morning, the “Martinelli” link would do the same.

“If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this,” the viral warning being sent to Aussie WhatsApp users this morning reads.

This is not the first time WhatsApp has been prey to such a hoax. In India in 2016, a viral message did the rounds that there was a ‘Ministry of Internal Regulation’ which was recording and saving phone conversations and monitoring social networking platforms.