How to Avoid WhatsApp Viruses and Scams?
- 2017-01-16 11:38:22
Do you know that if you are using WhatsApp you are exposed to a number of threats? There are more serious threats as a WhatsApp scam seems to install malware that may steal your personal information. Following are some of the WhatsApp viruses and scams you should delete:
How to avoid WhatsApp viruses
Interestingly, the latest WhatsApp scam does not work via WhatsApp itself. Instead it is delivered by means of your email app on your Android or iOS phone. It says that you have missed a WhatsApp call or have a WhatsApp voice message that you must check by clicking on the link in the email. This way a virus is downloaded to your phone. Beware this is nothing by scam. WhatsApp does not get in touch with you other than the WhatsApp app itself. So simply ignore this message.
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The latest WhatsApp that has cropped up hopes to trick you into opening an apparently legal Word, Excel or PDF file attached to a WhatsApp message which will that will download malware to your device that may steal your personal information. While all reports that we have got so far are from India, it will not take a long time for it to get to other parts of the world. How to avoid this scam? Well the simplest ways to remain safe from these WhatsApp viruses are to delete the message. You must never download any file from an unknown source.
Whatsapp is not ending at 6pm
There is another WhatsApp viruses that you need to watch out for. It says:
"Tomorrow at 6 pm they are ending WhatsApp and you have to pay to open it, this is by law
This message is to inform all of our users, our servers have recently been very congested, so we are asking you to help us solve this problem. We require our active users to forward this message to each of the people in your contact list to confirm our active users using WhatsApp, if you do not send this message to all your contacts WhatsApp will then start to charge you. Your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp ) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”
WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn blue"
This message is all fake and you must ignore it by all means.
WhatsApp Premium is a scam
The new WhatsApp hoax doing the rounds is a special invitation to upgrade to a premium version of the application (WhatsApp Gold). It's simply bogus - there is nothing such as WhatsApp Gold! It says: "Hey Finally Secret Whatsapp golden version has been leaked; this version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too."
These kinds of whatsapp viruses assert that it enables you to delete messages after you've sent them and at the same time send 100 pictures. While may sound wonderful, it is just false.
WhatsApp chain message hoaxes
Another WhatsApp hoax that we see now and then is that which asks you to send the message to 10 people or the service will close down. WhatsApp has countless users and sending this messaging to few means nothing. Another difference suggests there are too many WhatsApp users, and your account will be shut down if you don't start using it.
"If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or WhatsApp will no longer recognize your activation."
Just ignore it.
WhatsApp to charge inactive users
Other popular WhatsApp viruses are that the service is going to charge the inactive users. So if you send the message to 10 users they can prove they are an active member and get free service. Don’t pay heed to it as well. Another variation of this message says:
“Hello, I. Am DAVID D. SURETECH founder of Whatsapp. This message is to inform all of our users that we have only 53million accounts available for new phones. Our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem. We need our active users to forward this message to every single person in their contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp. If you do not send this message to all your contacts to WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. The automatic update symbol on your SmartPhone will appear with the transmission of this message. Your smartphone will be updated within 24 hours, and will feature a new design; a new color for the chat and the icon will change from green to azul. Whatsapp will begin to charge unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and the logo will become red on your platform to indicate that you are an active user. Tomorrow, we wil begin to take messages for whatsapp for 0.37 cents. Forward this message to more than 9 people in your contact list and the what's app logo on your will turn blue meaning that you have Become a free user for life.”
The Final Word
To use whatsapp safely and remain safe from all its potential threats, you must act vigilantly. This will help to avoid you from whatsapp viruses. The best way is to always ignore whenever you see something usual. You must also verify if you have any doubts by doing some research on the web.