WhatsApp is one of the most popular messengers and Voice over IP (VoIP) application in the World. There are over billions of users installed WhatsApp on their devices and the more it gained popularity the more it has drawbacks.
Nowadays, We know that WhatsApp is being used mostly to share fake news and it is widely spread in the town within a seconds.
So as there are thousands of critters already making rounds on the internet, Now this time a new hoax message circulating widely on WhatsApp that is designed to trick users into downloading a virus which is creating confusion & violence and you should beware of it.
So, here we will discuss everything about WhatsApp Gold and What you need to do if you receive the message.
What is WhatsApp Gold?
Before you learn about WhatsApp Gold, first you really need to know that there is a WhatsApp scam making rounds on the internet since 2016 which states the users to download WhatsApp Plus and WhatsApp Gold.
Now again as a new year gift, a big nightmare to Facebook-owned WhatsApp which put them in an obstruction in the form of WhatsApp Gold.
WhatsApp Gold is nothing but a virus, promising to give users some advanced hidden premium features, which is obviously a hoax and most of the users attract to it and download malware on their smartphone putting their personal data in danger.
This hoax message also includes the word “Martinelli” as a warning with a video claiming that it will come out tomorrow and hack your phone. But in fact, there is nothing such as ‘Martinelli’, the message is merely spreading fear among people, but doesn’t have any malware link attached to it.
Why WhatsApp Gold is Danger? – Fake WhatsApp Mod 2019
As we stated earlier, WhatsApp Gold is a big scam that encourages the users to download the link pretending as an app ‘Update’ to avail an alleged premium service features.
Most of the users have reportedly received an invitation to install the app promising,
“limited edition version of WhatsApp app so-called “WhatsApp Gold” – that allows users to video chat, to send 100 pictures at the same time, and delete messages hours after you have sent them.“
Most of the WhatsApp users are being trapped by fraudsters into downloading a fake app, pretending it as a secret update with new features and after they click on the link, it will be redirected to a website with some unknown URL, enabling the user to download WhatsApp Gold, but in fact, it’s a malware to steal the user personal data and hack their phone.
Note: Malware or malicious software, is a virus that can be used to break into your phone and steal your private messages and private information.
What to do if you receive the WhatsApp Gold hoax message?
WhatsApp Gold hoax message arrives in the form of a video claiming to be a new update for WhatsApp and is widely spreading around the Wolrd and you should beware of it.
Many WhatsApp users are already aware of this scam and posting awareness of the internet and advising people to avoid such updates. Also, most of the Twitterati’s been busy spreading the awareness about the latest hoax and warning people to Stay Away!
Most of the users shared this scam on Twitter. The hoax message reads:
FYI: Whatsapp Gold. A video will be launched tomorrow in Whatsapp called Martinelli. DO NOT OPEN it. Its a virus which goes into your phone and nothing will fix it. Do not update to Whatsapp Gold the virus is serious.
— Anna Moore (@5AMoores) January 3, 2019
— TechBuzz Ireland (@techbuzzinfo) January 2, 2019
Another message doing the rounds presently is:
“Today the radio was talking about WhatsApp Gold and it is true. There is a video that will be released tomorrow on WhatsApp and is called Martinelli. Do not open it. Enter your phone and nothing you do will fix it. Spread the message if you know someone. If you receive a message to update Whatsapp Gold Do not open it! They just announced that the virus is serious. Send it to everyone.”
— Shelly Rickel (@slflint1967) January 5, 2019
However, this WhatsApp scam turned to be a fake and there’s no such Martinelli video and this message is just creating a ruckus among users, but WhatsApp Gold is certainly you need to beware of and need to be careful about such hoax messages and delete it immediately.
Please consider that any updates related to WhatsApp will be only available on Google Play Store and Apple App’s Store and will be updated through the app itself.
WhatsApp had already rolled out with new feature last year to tackle with fake news by labeling messages with the ‘Forwarded’ tag and the company also limited forwarding messages to only five people.
WhatsApp earlier in a statement also mentioned that it has nothing to do with WhatsApp Gold or WhatsApp Plus while stating, “Plus have no relationship with WhatsApp and we do not support WhatsApp Plus”.
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Finally, be in any case, you should not click on any suspicious link or download such video link received in a WhatsApp chat. If you receive such type of hoax messages that are currently circulating, then make sure to delete the first half about the WhatsApp Gold and Martinelli video (Delete Link) and pass the message to warn your friends from downloading it.
But don’t be fooled with such type of hoax message and there’s only one official version of WhatsApp exists, and it’s the version you are already using.
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