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Don’t install “WhatsApp Gold”- it contains malware

24th May 2016

WhatsApp users are being tricked by fraudsters into downloading a fake version of WhatsApp which infects Android devices with malware.

The "secret" messages sent to peoples inboxes claim you have an exclusive chance to download “WhatsApp Gold”. 

The scam messages claim to offer enhanced features used by celebrities. Victims are urged to sign up via a link provided. WhatsApp say that they will never send users a message asking them to upgrade or download another app.

After clicking on the link you will be redirected to a fake page and your Android device will become infected with malware. 

If you have already followed the link to download the software, install some antivirus software onto your device to remove the malware. Sophos, AVG and Avast all offer this for free. 

Mobile malware protection advice

  • Always make sure you have the latest version of software and antivirus installed for increased protection.
  • Be careful when downloading new apps as rogue ones can appear in legitimate app stores as well as unofficial online stores.
  • Always check reviews and ratings as well as developer information before downloading a new app.
  • If your battery suddenly starts draining really fast, consider that it might be a malware problem.
  • Make sure to check your phone bill online periodically - more often than once a month, that way you can keep tabs on any suspicious activity.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use our online fraud reporting tool.

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