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WhatsApp Gold virus: How to stay protected from hoax messages
Here’s how you can stay protected from fake messages on WhatsApp.
WhatsApp is one of the major means that people opt to when it comes to sending hoax messages. The spread of fake information results in several incidents such as lynching. To avoid such incidents, the Indian government instructed WhatsApp to take necessary measures to fix the spread of misinformation. And, the messaging app came up with many new changes to make this possible.
Still, the hoax messages are spreading and the latest is related to WhatsApp Gold. It is a hoax message that is spreading rapidly. It is set up by a group of scammers and is meant to persuade the users to believe that the company has rolled out a secret update called WhatsApp Gold. This updated version of the messaging app is said to have rolled out many new features.
It is a fake message and comes with a link. It states that the update can be downloaded on clicking on the link. The message also has the word Martinelli. And, on clicking on this link, you will download malware and not a new version of the app.
Stay protected from WhatsApp hoax messages
If you receive such messages on WhatsApp, you need to know that is easy to send fake and hoax messages on the platform. You should stop forwarding these messages to your contacts, which is important to avoid the spread of rumors and fake information. Any message that comes with a link should be ignored.
Previous hoax messages
Well, if you are using WhatsApp for a long time, you will know that a similar hoax message with the name Martinelli had circulated on it. It created panic among the users back then. The message read, "If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this. An IT colleague has advised that a video comes out from WhatsApp called martinelli do not open it, it hacks your phone and nothing will fix it. Spread the word." In reality, this is no such video.