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WhatsApp Gold: Scammers trick mobile phone users into downloading malware

The 'exclusive' version of the messaging app contains malware which cybercriminals can use to steal your data.

Credulous WhatsApp users are being tricked into downloading 'WhatsApp Gold', an apparently 'exclusive' version of the app which actually infects mobiles with malware.
Naturally, the whole thing is nonsense. Downloading the program from the website will simply infect your phone with malware, possibly allowing cybercriminals to steal your data or track your movements and activity.

There's been a spate of WhatsApp Gold messages recently, but the scam has existed in different forms for a while, sometimes under the name 'WhatsApp Plus'.

A number of the app's users have reported receiving messages urging them to sign up for the service via the WhatsApp Gold website, which is linked in the message.

The app's extra features (which the scammers claim have only previously been available to top celebrities) include the ability to send hundreds of pictures at once, new emojis, video calling, enhanced security features and more customisation options.

WhatsApp will actually ban users if it detects this unauthorised software on their phones, and says in the FAQ section of its website: "WhatsApp Plus is an application that was not developed by WhatsApp, nor is it authorised by WhatsApp."

Whatsapp Gold :/ pic.twitter.com/NAcVz7hlam
— Abhi (@jhootha_hi_sahi) May 11, 2016
Ystrday received a msg on somethng calld WhatsApp Gold wth a link..though I didn't open d link.bt These stints r increasing #WakeUpWhatsApp
— Ashvini Ghatikar (@iamashvini) May 13, 2016
"The developers of WhatsApp Plus have no relationship to WhatsApp, and we do not support WhatsApp Plus."

The company warns users that the scam software can pass private information "to third parties without your knowledge or authorisation."

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