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How to avoid WhatsApp viruses, scams and hoaxes

By Marie Black | Nov. 8, 2017
WhatsApp scams are increasingly common, and range from telling you that you'll be charged for the service to offering scam shopping vouchers and dodgy links that download malware. Here are some of the WhatsApp scams you should delete and forget. How to avoid WhatsApp viruses, scams and hoaxes.

If you're concerned that you may have already downloaded malware on to your device, see our guide on how to remove malware from Android.

Whatsapp is not ending at 6pm

The latest WhatsApp charging scam to catch our attention goes as follows:

"tomorrow at 6 pm they are ending WhatsApp and you have to pay to open it, this is by law
This message is to inform all of our users, our servers have recently been very congested, so we are asking you to help us solve this problem. We require our active users to forward this message to each of the people in your contact list to confirm our active users using WhatsApp, if you do not send this message to all your contacts WhatsApp will then start to charge you. Your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp ) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation.
If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill.
We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team"
WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn blue"

This is absolutely not true, and under no circumstances should you fall for it. If you're still not convinced, just think about it: you are sending a message to everyone on your contact list to help solve congestion? WhatsApp is also based on phone numbers, not user names. We could go on...

WhatsApp Gold - WhatsApp Premium is a con

The latest WhatsApp hoax doing the rounds is an exclusive invitation to upgrade to a premium version of the app, called WhatsApp Gold. It's complete and utter rubbish: there is no WhatsApp Gold.

"The invitation reads: "Hey Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too."

 

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