It’s been going round since 2016, and now it seems that the WhatsApp Gold hoax is circulating once again
The first half of the message asserts that a video will come out tomorrow called Martinelli, which can and will hack your phone.
First making its rounds in 2016, it now seems that the WhatsApp Gold hoax is back.
It adds: “If you receive a message to update the Whatsapp to Whatsapp Gold, do not click !!!!!”
“Now said on the news this virus is difficult and severe. Pass it on to all.”
WhatsApp Gold is a chicane set up by scammers to fool users into thinking there is a special update which gives them enhanced features for the messaging app.
The scammers would send a link allegedly permitting people to download WhatsApp Gold, but in fact, it was malware. The upgrade claims to offer new features such as the ability to have video chats, send 100 pictures at once, and delete messages after you have sent them.
Users are directed towards a link to download the update, but instead, this takes them to website that is swarming with malicious software, corrupting their smartphones with several viruses.
If you receive the hoax message any updates to WhatsApp will usually happen automatically through the app itself. Be wary of clicking on links embedded in messages that promise something extra.
If you receive such a message, you should ignore it and delete it immediately.