WhatsApp Gold: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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WhatsApp Gold is a virus being sent to users of the web messaging application talking about a premium service being offered. The text message also says that a video named Martinelli is being sent to users on January 4. That video contains a virus.

Previous incarnations of the virus directed users to a supposed limited premium version of the free app. If users clicked on the link, it led them to a website that was loaded with viruses and malware.

There is only one free version of WhatsApp, the one you are using.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. WhatsApp Gold First Appeared in 2016

Users first began reporting about being sent WhatsApp Gold-style messages in 2016. According to Snopes, the original version enticed users saying, “Hey Finally Secret WhatsApp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too.”


2. WhatsApp Has Addressed the Hoax on Their Official Website

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WhatsApp has addressed the hoax, which is also known as WhatsApp Plus, in their FAQ section on their official website, “WhatsApp Plus is an application that was not developed by WhatsApp, nor is it … Please be aware that WhatsApp Plus contains source code which WhatsApp cannot … Please uninstall your application and install an authorized version of … Plus have no relationship to WhatsApp, and we do not support WhatsApp Plus.”


3. The Martinelli Virus Video Isn’t Real Either

The WhatsApp Gold text warns of a video named Martinelli that will appear and give your phone a virus. There is no evidence to suggest that video is real. The Martinelli warning says that the virus can hack your phone within 10 seconds. That hoax can be traced back to 2017 and first appeared in Spanish. Police in Spain were among the first to confirm that the text was nothing more than a hoax.


4. Security Firms Are Encouraging People to Not Send on the Warning

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Internet security firm Sophos has advised WhatsApp users to not send on the warning. Sophos said that forwarding the hoax just furthers confusion. The firm says that by using your phones security updates and only downloading apps from the App Store or Google Play, then users are safe from malware and viruses.


5. WhatsApp Has Been Beset With Various Virus Hoaxes Over the Years

If You Get One of These Messages, Delete It Immediately!Find out what dangerous Whatsapp scams message you should delete immediately and how to protect yourself from phone scammers. Phone scammers keep coming up with new methods of deception almost every month! TIMESTAMPS – WhatsApp has become a target of scammers 1:35 – Your subscription has expired 3:12 – WhatsApp is free; it does not want you to forward messages to other people 5:15 – Never click the links in WhatsApp messages forwarded to you, even if it comes from a known resource 6:35 – If you receive an “official” message from WhatsApp, confirm its authenticity with them 7:20 – Messages from unknown people with downloadable content from unknown are likely to be infected 8:01 – If you are unsure if the message you receive is real or has safe content, but it comes from someone you know, cross-checks with them 8:47 SUMMARY – In its nearly ten years of history, WhatsApp has become a target of scammers quite a few times. If you have been with it for a while, you probably remember some of them. In spring 2016, for example, WhatsApp users were invited to download the “exclusive” version of the app called “WhatsApp Gold.” It promised future users the ability to send hundreds of pictures at once, new emojis, video calling, and super security features. Scammers said this app had been previously available only to celebrities. So, those who wanted to join the high society, followed the link to download page on the app website and got their mobiles infected with malware. That malware could steal data and track movements and activity of those using it. Later the same year, scammers sent out messages offering 100 GBP (around $130) gift vouchers from Sainsbury’s, a chain of supermarkets in the UK. Messages had malicious links in them, following which helped criminals to collect personal data, install tracking cookies and advertising browser extensions to the victims’ phones. Subscribe to Bright Side : https://goo.gl/rQTJZz —————————————————————————————- Our Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brightside/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brightgram/ SMART Youtube: https://goo.gl/JTfP6L 5-Minute Crafts Youtube: https://www.goo.gl/8JVmuC —————————————————————————————- For more videos and articles visit: http://www.brightside.me/2017-10-13T11:00:01.000Z

Since becoming a mainstream messaging app, WhatsApp has been beset with virus hoaxes. In 2018, one appeared saying that a link would offer free flights on Aer Lingus. The airline said that hoax was “100 percent fake.” Another was designed to fool people into thinking their phone number was about to be changed. Users were asked to call a premium number to avert the change. Arguably the most concerning hoax was named Olivia. According to Tech Advisor, a spam account sent messages to children pretending to be a friend named Olivia. Eventually, the Olivia account would begin posting pornographic links and content.

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