If you have seen the logo of WhatsApp Gold that was golden in color instead of the usual green and white, I am telling you it is a scam, and you must not download it. This so-called “exclusive version” of the WhatsApp messenger will plant a malicious bug made by hackers in order to gain access to your personal data without your knowledge.
This evil malware is also known as “WhatsApp Plus” and to which WhatsApp has saliently mentioned,
“WhatsApp Plus is an application that was not developed by WhatsApp, nor is it authorised by WhatsApp”
“The developers of WhatsApp Plus have no relationship to WhatsApp, and we do not support WhatsApp Plus.”
in its FAQ section.
A remarkable number of WhatsApp users have received the following message,
To make things sound heavily important the scammers claimed it was previously available only for top celebrities, also enabling users to send tonnes of pictures, emoticons and highly improved security features with further customizable features.
However, I must warn you that everything is utterly nonsensical and downloading it will simply enable cyber criminals to gain unauthorized control over your smartphone along with all your recent activities through a malware. Eventually, the real WhatsApp Messenger has promised to close down the accounts of users who have either WhatsApp Gold or WhatsApp Plus installed on their smartphone (my question is, how would WhatsApp Messenger figure it out)?
Besides, the real WhatsApp has warned its users several times about the scam’s ability to transfer personal data to other online third parties, and you shall have no idea regarding the matter.
Don’t panic if you have already downloaded WhatsApp Gold, just uninstall it right now and wait for 24 hours before you can use your actual account on WhatsApp.
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These tactics are quite effective when it comes to tricking individuals who have inadequate knowledge on technology. Quite similar to the Apple ID Scam event that erupted last month, the latest WhatsApp Gold with effective pitch lines for manipulating the credulous and naive users like us. (Check out ringID, using which I feel extremely secured, it is also convenient for instant and secret messaging).
The best advice I have for everyone is to completely ignore such messages and also delete them. The only places for downloading apps are Google Play and Apple Stores. Check the reviews before downloading anything.