WhatsApp scam targets users with virus to steal their details

WhatsApp users, be warned – a new scam is trying to infect your smartphone with a nasty virus.


‘Secret’ messages offering an exclusive version of the messenger called WhatsApp Gold are being sent to users of the instant messaging app on Android devices.

Users are being told that WhatsApp Gold has enhanced features used by celebrities – but it is just an attempt to install malware onto your phone.

Officials from WhatsApp said it will never send users a message asking them to upgrade or download another app, and this is a scam by criminals trying to steal your information.

If you have already followed the link to download the software, the advice is to install antivirus software onto your phone to remove the malware.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

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