For those of you who use the app, beware of the fake upgrade called WhatsApp Gold which infects your device with malware. Here are the signs to look out for.
Phone and tablet users are being tricked by scammers into downloading WhatsApp Gold, a malicious ‘upgrade’ onto their device.
The popular messaging app’s users are sent a message offering them an exclusive chance to use an improved, updated version, which allows them to send 100 photos and make video calls at once.
It invites users to sign up by clicking on a link, which actually sends them to a fake website page and infects their device with malware.
At present only people with Android devices are at risk.
Above is an example of the message many users have received. The message states:
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 Contains many advanced features like Whatsapp Video calling , Delete the messages you sent by mistake , Send more than 100 pics at once, Free calling ,Change whatsapp themes and tons of greatfeatures.This whatsapp gold can be activated only Via invites and I am invitingyou.Once you activate this whatsapp gold , your green icon will change to gold and you can enjoy all features 100% safely.
The shoddy spelling and grammar are a pretty good indication it’s a scam, but it’s possible there are different versions doing the rounds. If you do get an invite of any kind, don’t click on any links and delete the message instantly.
For those who have downloaded WhatsApp Gold already, Action Fraud recommends that you install antivirus software onto your device to remove any malware.
Five ways to beat mobile scammers
To help you avoid falling victim to a mobile scam in the future, Action Fraud has put together the following tips.
Be careful when downloading new apps as rogue ones can appear in legitimate app stores as well as unofficial online stores.
Always check reviews and ratings as well as developer information before downloading a new app.
Always make sure you have the latest version of software and antivirus installed for increased protection.
If your battery suddenly starts draining really fast, there’s a small chance that your device has been infected by malware.
Check your phone bill online at least a couple of times a month.