And if you do what the message tells you do, you will definitely land in trouble. Your phone is likely to get infected with Godless, Gunpowder, Mazar virus, and other Android malware. (Also read: Reliance Jio Plans: Everything You Need To Know)
Do you know what the latest WhatsApp hoax is about? It an exclusive invitation to upgrade to a premium version of the app, called WhatsApp Gold. The invitation reads: “Hey finally secret Whatsapp golden version is out. This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too.”
It tells you to delete messages after you’ve sent them, and simultaneously send 100 pictures, among other things. It sounds great, but it’s entirely made up. Click on the link in the invitation and you’re more likely to end up with a malware infection.
So, whenever you receive such message, you need to ignore them as they are nothing, but complete rubbish. (Also read: WhatsApp Finally Gets Mentions Feature Like Facebook And Twitter)
In fact, sending invitations and messages via WhatsApp is not the only way to infect your smartphone. Virus can also be delivered through via e-mail app on your phone that tells you have missed a WhatsApp call or have a WhatsApp voice message. It further tells you to click on the link in the email to access. Rather than receiving your message, you get a virus downloaded to your device.
So, never get fooled by such e-mails as WhatsApp will never contact you outside the WhatsApp app. When you see this then do not click the link and delete the message immediately.
You might receive messages such as “We have had an over usage of user names on WhatsApp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list.” – From Jim Balsamic, CEO of Whatsapp.
The message further says, “If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please do not ignore this message or WhatsApp will no longer recognize your activation.”
What you do in such a case? Simple, ignore and delete.
WhatsApp’s response to all such scams is as follows: “Please understand that this is a hoax and there is no truth to it.”