WhatsApp Gold is back and once again, it is a scam
The WhatsApp Gold hoax first circulated in 2016.
A hoax message, which tricks users into downloading a virus, is circulating once again. The message claims a video will come out tomorrow called “Martinelli”, which will hack your phone.
It reads: “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.”
It adds: “If you receive a message to update the Whatsapp to Whatsapp Gold, do not click !!!!!
“Now said on the news this virus is difficult and severe. Pass it on to all.”
The first part of the message mentions some “Martinelli” video, the second message warns users about the “WhatsApp Gold” scam message – which is a sure shot scam. There have been different variations of the “WhatsApp Gold” message in circulation since 20160.
Several users have reportedly received an exclusive invitation to install a “limited “edition version of the messaging app. The so-called exclusive version of WhatsApp claims to offer the ability to have video chats, send 100 pictures at once, and delete messages after they have been sent. The message invites users to click a link to download the upgrade, which then directs them to a website that is full of malicious software. The WhatsApp Gold hoax first circulated in 2016.
IT security company Sophos says, “it’s only half rubbish. It’s a cocktail of one shot of bogus and one shot of authentic “yikes!” — that the Martinelli video doesn’t exist, but WhatsApp Gold is certainly something to beware of.
This is not the first time WhatsApp has been prey to such a hoax. In India in 2016, a viral message did the rounds that there was a ‘Ministry of Internal Regulation’ which was recording and saving phone conversations and monitoring social networking platforms.