WhatsApp scams are pretty common and the latest one that appears to be going around is called WhatsApp Gold. WhatsApp scams are pretty common, and the latest one is called WhatsApp Gold. This one promises entry into an exclusive club with special features, like the ability to send more than 100 photos in one go, delete messages sent by mistake and more.
According to the Telegraph.co.uk users have been receiving this messaging asking them to upgrade to WhatsApp Gold. While there’s no such app in the Android Play or iOS App Store, the website mentioned in one of the purported messages “www.goldenversion.com” also give a 404 error.
Here’s what a sample message reads like, “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 great features. This WhatsApp gold can be activated only Via Invites and I am inviting you. Once you activate this WhatsApp gold , your green icon will change to gold and you can enjoy all features 100% safely. Activate WhatsApp Gold with one click at http://www.goldenversion.com/.”
Here is a tweet with the scam message
Whatsapp Gold :/ pic.twitter.com/NAcVz7hlam
— Abhi (@jhootha_hi_sahi) May 11, 2016
Well… Some people have fallen prey to it and had to go to the FAQ section of WhatsApp to get help and here’s WhatsApp’s response:
Good to see that they gave a solution to the problem as well. But the issue is not just being banned from using the application, it is about scammers using this malware to draw out personal information about the users which the company claimed can be sent to third parties without their knowledge or authorisation.
For now, we are still on WhatsApp ‘green’ and that seems to be the only legit version. So do not be tempted by such offers and be careful of malicious software that will drive out your personal info and data.