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Friday, 18 May 2018

The hoax making rounds on Whatsapp



If you're a WhatsApp user, then it is possible that you've received a strange message in the last few days. While most scams are simply a hoax and bogus and can be easily avoided, there's a grain of truth in the latest one.

Regarding the latest scam, the first half of the message is a hoax.

As you can see in the message below, the first few paragraphs claim that a video will come out tomorrow called ''Martinelli'', which will hack your phone.


This isn't true.

It says: 

"If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this. An IT colleague has advised that a video comes out tomorrow from WhatsApp called Martinelli do not open it, it hacks your phone and nothing will fix it. Spread the word.” The more pertinent part of this message though is regarding the idea of 'WhatsApp Gold' because this is a genuine scam.

Over the last few years, numerous WhatsApp users have reportedly received an exclusive invitation to install a "limited edition" version of the popular messaging app called WhatsApp Gold.

"If you know anyone using WhatsApp you pass on this. An IT colleague has advised that a video from WhatsApp called martinelli do not open, nothing will fix it. Spread word.

If you receive a message to update the Whatsapp to Whatsapp Gold, do not click!!!"

At present, there is only one official version of WhatsApp, and it's the version that you are using.

The upgrade to the bogus WhatsApp Gold claims to offer new features. Users are asked to click on a link to download the update. Instead, this link redirects the user to a website that contains malicious software, infecting smartphones with viruses.

Again, take note if you receive this bogus message.

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