Thursday, July 18, 2024

‘WhatsApp Gold’ malware scam is back

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The ‘WhatsApp Gold’ scam, is back and this time it has been updated to include a new message.

The scam, is nothing majorly new, delivered in the form of a message, it is claimed that a video will be launched called ‘Martinelli’. The actual video does no exist.

The message will typically read:

“Today the radio was talking about WhatsApp Gold and it is true. There is a video that will be released tomorrow on WhatsApp and is called Martinelli. Do not open it. Enter your phone and nothing you do will fix it. Spread the message if you know someone. If you receive a message to update Whatsapp Gold Do not open it! They just announced that the virus is serious. Send it to everyone.”

The message appears as if it is trying to help you avoid the risk of a virus.

However, the link that comes with the message is designed to gain access to personal information.

Advice from professionals, if you have received this message, is to ignore it and delete it as soon as possible.

Martinelli, Not the first

It is not the first time that WhatsApp has seen the name Martinelli.

Back in 2017 a similar pseudo-warning was circulated around the messaging app claiming that the video would download malware to your device.

Again no such video ever existed.

The ‘WhatsApp Gold’ scam has been going round since 2016, and is well known to a lot of the user base.

However ensure you remain vigilant at all times and never click the link.

Stay vigilant

It is important to remember that not everything you get sent, or see online is real.

Some of it can be harmful and even disruptive especially if its a message from someone or something you don’t know.

So remain vigilant by following these steps

  • Always install the latest updates for software from the trusted sources
  • Don’t jailbreak or grant root access to your device. Disabling your smartphone software restrictions opens up your private data to malware and cyber criminals.
  • Only install apps that you find on the official app stores i..e Google Play or the App Store that came with your device.
Boost News Desk
Boost News Desk
Robert Haylor has 14 years of web development experience, starting out as a web developer whilst still in his university dorm room at Birmingham City University. With a background and a strong interest in website design & development he is skilled in a variety of programming languages including PHP, MySQL, CSS3 and HTML5. As Managing Director of Boost Digital Media, he regularly jumps on to client projects on a daily basis as well as ensuring the company strategy is being implemented and is delivering results.

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