WhatsApp Gold is a modded version of official WhatsApp application. It provides you with some advanced features which original WhatsApp don’t have.
It comes with a number of features. like:
- Modify alert message sound.
- Disable voice and video calls.
- Fixed verification with the mobile number.
- Change app icon as per your wish.
- Modify notification icon.
- Many New color codes added.
- Now you can search easily for renovation.
- Select from various chat styles.
- Various themes and wallpapers to choose from.
- Change the shape of the bubble.
- Ban Proff so you don’t have to worry.
- Emoji color can be changed.
The hoax, which went viral in 2016, is doing the rounds again. The most recent hoax that’s making headlines is the “WhatsApp Gold” update where people are being sent WhatsApp messages to download ‘an update’ for the messaging app which in reality is a malware.
In 2016, messages were sent to people’s phone, asking them to download the update. However, WhatsApp updates are through the app itself, and not through a message sent to them. In 2016, it hoax reportedly promised that it allows users to video chat, to send 100 pictures at the same time, and delete messages after hours. Obviously, there is nothing of the sort. And video calling has since become a reality on the messaging service.
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 2016.
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.
Any updates to WhatsApp will usually happen automatically through the app itself. Be wary of clicking on links embedded in messages that promise something extra. If you receive such a message, you should ignore it and delete it immediately.
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In the case of WhatsApp Gold Edition, you’ll be redirected to a downloads page where you have to enter your phone number, supposedly to confirm the app’s installation, although what it really does it validate the well-known “Premium messages” scam that will charge up to €40 ($51) to your phone bill.
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