Remember WhatsApp Gold or WhatsApp Plus? The fake app which millions of users downloaded last year, is back again. WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging applications in the world and while there are over a billion users who have installed the Facebook-owned app on their devices, its popularity has its own share of drawbacks. The biggest disadvantage is the fact that there are a huge number of fake updates and duplicate apps available on Google Play.
One such fake update is the WhatsApp Gold or WhatsApp Plus, which was first seen in the year 2016, and all it does is download a lot of malware into your smartphones, putting your personal data in danger. You might be getting a new message saying that if you download WhatsApp Gold or WhatsApp Plus, you will get access to some hidden premium features of the Facebook-owned app. However, it’s a hoax and WhatsApp users have shared a message on Twitter which they received on their phones mentioning the scam called Martinelli. A video will be shared on WhatsApp and users are advised not to click on the link. If you end up downloading the video on your phone, it will reportedly install malware to hack your device.
WhatsApp has earlier said that it has nothing to do with WhatsApp Gold or WhatsApp Plus while stating, “Plus have no relationship with WhatsApp and we do not support WhatsApp Plus”. On the other hand, there have been reports that the Martinelli scam is a fake one as there is nothing like WhatsApp Gold and this message is just creating a ruckus among users.
That said, be it any case, you should not run and download such videos on your phones nor should you click on any suspicious link received in a WhatsApp chat. This will help you in protecting your device as well as the personal data from prying eyes.