When it comes to social media, it is really difficult to understand the difference between a genuine message and a hoax message.
Recently, people have been receiving notifications which tells them that a new WhatsApp update is available and it is called WhatsApp Gold.
The users would be receiving a message containing a link, clicking on the link would apparently redirect you to a site from where you could download the update.
However, this is a scam. I REPEAT, this is a malware which could hack into your system and even corrupt your data. You are advised to steer clear of such updates.
A lot of people are sending out warnings on Twitter.
I've been sent this warning twice today so am passing it on as better safe than sorry…
"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."
— Bakehouse Cottage #FBPE (@Bakehouse2016) January 3, 2019
— 𝐍𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐚 🐊 (@SobukiRa) January 3, 2019
— TechBuzz Ireland 👨💻 (@techbuzzinfo) January 2, 2019
#FridayFeeling scam alert, be smart and do not open #Whatsappgold #Martinelli #WhatsApp 😎'just googled it' video it will ruin your phone an old scam reinvented by fu**ers – tell your mates. pic.twitter.com/UWPZ7XxfOA
— fashion style inspiration (@fashiondiyteam) January 4, 2019
#WhatsappGold is malware and will ruin your smartphone if you open the advertisement.
This goes to all phones that have WhatsApp app. Keep your eyes peeled people!
— Dan J (@danjeffs13) January 4, 2019
— shannon (@Shannonmanuel_) January 4, 2019
— Richard Gough (@richardgough1) January 5, 2019
Be careful, guys!