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WhatsApp Gold: an app club with special features?

If you’ve gotten such a message this month, it is best to ignore this ‘invite’ as its a total spam

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Publish Date: May 26 2016 12:59PM | Updated Date: May 26 2016 2:25PM

WhatsApp Gold: an app club with special features?

WhatsApp scams are common and the latest one is called WhatsApp Gold. If you’ve gotten such a message this month, it is best to ignore this ‘invite’, because there’s no such thing as WhatsApp Gold. It promises entry into an exclusive club with special features, like sending more than 100 pics in one go, delete messages sent by mistake and more. But it is not true and most likely a scam.

 

According to the Telegraph’s website users have been receiving this messaging asking them to upgrade to WhatsApp Gold. While there’s no such app in the Android Play or iOS store, the website mentioned in one of the purported messages “www.goldenversion.com” also give a 404 error.

 

Here’s what a sample message reads like, “Hey Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too, WhatsApp Gold Contains many advanced features like WhatsApp Video calling, Delete the messages you sent by mistake , Send more than 100 pics at once, Free calling, Change WhatsApp themes and tons of great features.”

 

This message further reads, “This WhatsApp gold can be activated only Via Invites and I am inviting you. Once you activate this WhatsApp gold, your green icon will change to gold and you can enjoy all feature 100% safely. Activate WhatsApp Gold with one click at http://www.goldenversion.com/.”

 

WhatsApp Gold is not the first scam that has gone viral on the app previously scam/spam messages would go viral claiming to be from one of the founders, insisting the user forward the message to 100 friends to show that they were active users; else their account would get shut down.

 

Also there was the WhatsApp Plus app, which was not authorized by the company and claimed that it will “let users send pictures, videos and music files of an unlimited size.” WhatsApp Gold appears to be another take of this; users should not click on the link as it could be a malware.