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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Beware WhatsApp users, gold update message circulating online is a hoax

WhatsApp message warning users of a video containing malware is a hoax. Here’s everything you need to know about the “WhatsApp Gold” scam.

tech Updated: Jan 07, 2019 11:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
WhatsApp users have been receiving a message warning them of a potential malware. The message itself is a hoax.
WhatsApp users have been receiving a message warning them of a potential malware. The message itself is a hoax.(REUTERS)

WhatsApp is the most popular messaging app but the platform is vulnerable to many scams as well. An old scam called “WhatsApp Gold” has made it back on WhatsApp through a message circulating online.

WhatsApp users on Twitter have been sharing a message they received which warns them about a virus. The scam is said to arrive in the form of a video claiming to be a new update for WhatsApp. The said video is however a scam called Martinelli and users are advised not to click on the link. Downloading the video will reportedly install a malware in the user’s phone and hack it.

While this message appears to help users no fall prey to the scam, the video in question does not exist. According to fact-checking website Snopes, this video hoax is a hoax in itself with no existence of the video. In fact, no user has reported receiving the video. The report further notes that this incident first took place in 2017 in Spain.



This WhatsApp scam turned out to be fake but users should still be careful about such messages. Any update to WhatsApp will be available through Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Any other source can potentially harm your device with malwares. WhatsApp users should also be wary of such messages with the ‘Forwarded’ label.

WhatsApp rolled out a new feature to tackle fake news by labelling messages with the ‘Forwarded’ tag. The Facebook-owned company also limited forwarding messages to only five people.


First Published: Jan 06, 2019 17:03 IST