If you are getting invites to download WhatsApp Gold, with claims that you can befriend a movie star, then be cautious! It’s a scam that can steal sensitive and personal data from your smartphone and fill it with malware.
A report states that many WhatsApp users are receiving messages on their smartphones to download the golden version of WhatsApp.
A group of online scammers send a link to WhatsApp users to upgrade the app, asserting that this golden version was previously used only by big celebrities. Scammers are also enticing user with the availability of new features like new themes, free calling, new emojis, ability to send over 100 images at once, delete the messages sent by mistake, and many more options.
The message also claims that it can only be activated via invites and will turn your green WhatsApp icon to gold. But it perfectly suits here that all that glitters is not gold. WhatsApp has advised its users not to click on this link; otherwise, WhatsApp Gold will turn your smartphone into a malware hub.
If users download the golden version of WhatsApp then the app code leads to infect their smartphone with a malware that can steal their private data along with tracking their activities.
Earlier, cyber criminals were running the trick with different name called WhatsApp Plus. But the company alerted its users about the scam and started scanning for it on users’ smartphones.
“WHATSAPP PLUS IS AN APPLICATION THAT WAS NOT DEVELOPED BY WHATSAPP, NOR IS IT AUTHORIZED BY WHATSAPP. THE DEVELOPERS OF WHATSAPP PLUS HAVE NO RELATIONSHIP TO WHATSAPP, AND WE DO NOT SUPPORT WHATSAPP PLUS”, SAID WHATSAPP.
Now, if any user is found with the plus versions of WhatApp, the company automatically restricts the user to continue and recommend uninstalling it. The company also requests its users to install the original version of WhatsApp from the Google Play Store, only after waiting for 24 hours after the uninstallation of the unauthorised version.
WhatsApp alerts its users that this exclusive version can pass their private information to third parties without their consent. The best way to get rid of the hassle is to simply ignore/delete such messages.