There has been a scam making the rounds on WhatsApp and it is very important that you don’t fall for it. We’re always trying to keep you informed about WhatsApp scams and fake updates and we first reported on this scam back in 2016, but it seems to be back again. The scam is called WhatsApp Gold and it is spreading across WhatsApp via Status updates and chats forwarded from other users.
You need to ignore all invitations to receive to update to WhatsApp Gold
Downloading the fake WhatsApp Gold update will infect your phone and compromise your data. According to those who have been targeted, the WhatsApp Gold fake update is now being linked to another WhatsApp hoax called Martinelli. People have been receiving a strange message in their inboxes saying that a video called Martinelli will be released and, if opened, it will install a virus on the victim’s phone. The message is quite confusing and says:
“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 Martinelli video warning made the rounds on social media last year. Warnings were sent around telling people not to open the video as it would infect their phone. It turned out to be a complete hoax, however, as no video actually existed. It seems that the real WhatsApp Gold threat has, for some unknown reason, become attached to the fake Martinelli video warning.
The key here is to ignore any messages you might receive about WhatsApp updates. The real threat in this situation is the fake WhatsApp Gold update, which will install malware onto your phone if you install it. Any updates that ask you to download an apk file, to manually install on your device, are fake. WhatsApp updates occur automatically, so you never have to download or update anything.
Furthermore, you should make sure you only get your downloads and news about software updates from trusted sources like Softonic. We’ll bring you regular updates about WhatsApp from trusted sources like the official WhatsApp blog or WABetaInfo. To stay ahead of the news in a safe and secure way, sign up to our email newsletter by putting your email address in the box at the bottom of the page.