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'WhatsApp Gold' hoax makes a comeback

The 'WhatsApp Gold’ scam, which has being doing the rounds since 2016, has surfaced again in the form of a new message.

In the message, it is claimed that there is a video which will be launched called ‘Martinelli’. The video itself is a hoax and does not seem to exist. The message also warns of links being sent out to sign up for 'Whatsapp Gold'.

Previous versions of 'WhatsApp Gold’ messages have included promises of free flights and ‘exclusive’ access to enhanced features such as the ability to make video chats, send 100 images at once and delete messages hours after they have been sent.

Victims are urged to sign up via a download link. After clicking on the link they are redirected to a fake page and their phone will become infected with malware. 

Any updates to WhatsApp will usually happen automatically through the app. If you receive a request to download 'WhatsApp Gold' do not click the link.

Mobile malware protection advice

  • Always install the latest software and app updates.
  • Don’t jailbreak or root your devices. Disabling software restrictions leaves your phone, as well as the private data stored on it, vulnerable to malware and cyber criminals.
  • Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google Play or the app store that came pre-installed with your device.

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