No such thing as WhatsApp Gold, only data-stealing malware
The WhatsApp Gold upgrade is a scam by cybercriminals trying to access your smartphone
If you have been invited to an exclusive WhatsApp upgrade, dubbed WhatsApp Gold, think again.
There is no such thing, instead it is data-stealing malware.
Reports suggest that cybercriminals are pushing out the fake message into WhatsApp inboxes claiming that the Gold version is already being used by celebrities and now the user can gain exclusivity.
The message reads: "Hey. Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked. This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too."
The fake upgrade promises the ability to conduct video chats, send 100 photos simultaneously and delete messages after a user has sent them. Despite the upgrade being a con the features appear believable, especially as WhatsApp has recently commented on future functions, including voicemails and video calling. Furthermore, the fake upgrade promises features users would most likely want.
It is not known what malware would be injected, however if cybercriminals were able to gain access to a device, they are capable of stealing sensitive data, such as passwords and financial credentials, plus injecting viruses and holding the device to ransom.
With over one billion WhatsApp users, this scam has the potential to cause severe damage. If the WhatsApp Gold message appears, delete the message instantly.
WhatsApp has yet to comment.