One of the ‘most dangerous’ WhatsApp message is back in India

One of the ‘most dangerous’ WhatsApp message is back in India The ‘WhatsApp Gold’ fiasco one of the ‘most dangerous’ WhatsApp message which first struck in 2016, is back in India.

There is a new WhatsApp scam doing the rounds of the internet and it states that users are getting messages related to downloading WhatsApp Gold or WhatsApp Plus.

It is the biggest hoax message circulated over WhatsApp, it is back to spread panic among users. Interestingly, there are several variants of the message.

One of the 'most dangerous' WhatsApp message is back in India

One of the ‘most dangerous’ WhatsApp message is back in India

One of the ‘most dangerous’ WhatsApp message is back in India WhatsApp is one of the most popular platforms to communicate in the world.

However, it is also accountable for the potential risk of crooks being able to exploit and manipulate, and spreading hoax messages on the platform.

Back in 2016, a message about WhatsApp Gold spread on the platform that basically contained a malware.

Now, Standard.co.uk is reporting that this hoax message is back, and it is spreading on a massive scale.

The report claims that WhatsApp users get a link with a message to download WhatsApp Gold, which according to scammers will lead users to the updated and enhanced version of the WhatsApp.

But in reality, users are duped as there is no such update, and the link actually contains a hidden malware.

The message also contains a ‘Martinelli’ word, which is the same word that we witnessed back in 2016 in a hoax message.

How this virus works?

One of the ‘most dangerous’ WhatsApp message is back in India

# It downloads a lot of malware into your smartphones, thus putting your personal data in danger.

# You are likely to get a new message saying that if you download WhatsApp Gold or WhatsApp Plus, you will get access to some hidden premium features of the Facebook-owned app.

# The message comes in the form of a video message. 

# 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 asked to click on a link to download the update, but instead, this takes them to website that is filled with malware, thus infecting the smartphones with nasty viruses.

How to keep your phone safe from such scams?

One of the ‘most dangerous’ WhatsApp message is back in India

# Don’t download any app called WhatsApp Gold or click on any links


The WhatsApp Gold message urges users to download ‘an update’ for the messaging app which in reality is a malware, as per the report by McAfee India.


# India is the prime target of hackers spreading WhatsApp Gold ‘virus’


WhatsApp has subscribers of over 200 million in India, which means that there is a high possibility of maximum impact being borne by Indian users, resulting in huge volumes of personal data being compromised.

# McAfee has warned against WhatsApp Gold


Security company McAfee has also warned against WhatsApp Gold. People are being sent WhatsApp messages urging them to download ‘an update’ for the messaging app which in reality is a malware. 

# WhatsApp Gold ‘virus’ has various forms claims exclusive features


The WhatsApp Gold link is advertised with features like sending 100 photos to users at once, or the ability to delete sent messages any time.

# Another ‘variant’ of WhatsApp Gold talks about a Martinelli video


Another sample of the WhatsApp Gold message reads, “Whatsapp Gold. A video will be launched recent in Whatsapp called Martinelli. DO NOT OPEN IT. It’s a virus which goes into your phone and nothing will fix it.

# Another type of message threatens about a video that will crash your phone


Simply delete any message that you receive on WhatsApp which states that users shouldn’t open a video named Martinelli as it would hack their phones. It’s a harmless hoax and nothing happens.

# WhatsApp Gold messages are forwarded without any specific source

WhatsApp Gold messages are forwarded without any proof WhatsApp Gold malware, hoax message generally comes with ‘Forwarded’ tag on it , without any specific source or legitimacy.

# There is no WhatsApp paid subscription beware of it


Note that WhatsApp is a free messaging app and there is no official paid subscription-based version of WhatsApp. If you receive any such message to subscribe to WhatsApp do no click on any link in the message.


# There are few types of messages that “invite” you to join new WhatsApp app


Note that there are countless fake WhatsApp apps and always be sure to download the verified official app. Never fall for messages like invitations to third party fake WhatsApp versions. 

# Researchers warn about several fake apps

On Google Play Store researchers warn about many fake apps similar to WhatsApp Gold. 

# You can be tracked by simply clicking on an image link sent on WhatsApp


A stalker can find your exact location by just sending you a multimedia file like an image or GIF on WhatsApp. Never download any content from unknown senders. 

Notably

Do not update to Whatsapp Gold the virus is dangerous. It’s a virus which goes into your phone and nothing will fix it. 

In reality, this message is a complete hoax and there’s no such video at all and the said Martinelli video doesn’t exist in real life.

Therefore, users are advised to be aware or suspicious of such hoax messages on WhatsApp, and stop forwarding it and inform your friends.

Save yourself first and then save the Country from such dangerous malware!

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