A few days back, we came across WhatsApp Gold Virus messages that encourage users to download a fake update. It’s not the first time we have come across this good virus, even in 2016 it was all over the WhatsApp. WhatsApp Gold Virus is a hoax that is being set up by scammers. It encourages users to think that there is a secret update that can give them enhanced features of the messaging app. However, that’s not the case. WhatsApp had already previously confirmed that WhatsApp Gold is a hoax.
WhatsApp Gold Virus is Fake
Got this and am circulating just in case it’s true.
FYI: Whatsapp Gold. A video will be launched tomorrow in Whatsapp called Martinelli. DO NOT OPEN it. Its a virus which goes into your phone and nothing will fix it. Do not update to Whatsapp Gold the virus is serious.
— Anna Moore (@5AMoores) January 3, 2019
However, there is good news for all those who were scared of it. This WhatsApp scam is just fake as no malware link is attached to the message. However one should still be careful of such a message. No update can arrive without WhatsApp consent and will be available through the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. Getting the update from another source can harm the device with malware attached to it.
One should still beware! If a message is circulating about a video of the same name, DO NOT OPEN IT! Maybe it will download a virus to your phone if it gets opened. Any new updates to WhatsApp will usually happen automatically through the app itself. So, don’t click on links embedded in messages that promise something new or interesting. If you receive such a message, then ignore it and delete it immediately.