Have you received a message urging you to sign up for the limited ‘Gold’ version of the popular messaging app WhatsApp? Well, if you have or haven't be warned to not download it as it is s a malware.
Recently, some Whatsapp users reported to have received a message from scammers offering them the exclusive ‘WhatsApp Gold’ to download from its website, www.goldenversion.com.
Scammers claim the app comes with exclusive features, which were previously available to top celebrities only, including video calling, free calling, being able to delete messages sent by mistake and sending more than 100 pictures at once. The message further says once you download the ‘Gold’ version, the app’s green icon will change to golden.
However, downloading the app from website could infect your phone and making your data vulnerable to cyber criminals.
However, it seems the website offering the app is now offline.
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This is not the first time such a scam has surfaced and has existed in different forms for a while. One such unauthorised version of the app is called “WahtsApp Plus”. In fact, WhatsApp could actually ban you if it detects WhatsApp Plus on your device.
In FAQs section of its website, WhatsApp says, "WhatsApp Plus is an application that was not developed by WhatsApp, nor is it authorised by WhatsApp. User are also warned that the scam software can pass private information "to third parties without your knowledge or authorisation."
The article originally appeared on The Independent.
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