'WhatsApp Gold' hoax makes a comeback
The 'WhatsApp Gold’ scam, which has being doing the rounds since 2016, has surfaced again in the form of a new message.
In the message, it is claimed that there is a video which will be launched called ‘Martinelli’. The video itself is a hoax and does not seem to exist. The message also warns of links being sent out to sign up for 'Whatsapp Gold'.
Previous versions of 'WhatsApp Gold’ messages have included promises of free flights and ‘exclusive’ access to enhanced features such as the ability to make video chats, send 100 images at once and delete messages hours after they have been sent.
Victims are urged to sign up via a download link. After clicking on the link they are redirected to a fake page and their phone will become infected with malware.
Any updates to WhatsApp will usually happen automatically through the app. If you receive a request to download 'WhatsApp Gold' do not click the link.
Mobile malware protection advice
- Always install the latest software and app updates.
- Don’t jailbreak or root your devices. Disabling software restrictions leaves your phone, as well as the private data stored on it, vulnerable to malware and cyber criminals.
- Only install apps from official app stores, such as Google Play or the app store that came pre-installed with your device.
ActionFraud is the UK’s national fraud and cyber crime reporting centre.
We provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and cyber crime.
The easiest way to report fraud and cyber crime is by using our online reporting tool.Report
Latest News from
Action Fraud warns of Hajj fraud, as criminals target Muslims booking trips to Mecca16/05/2019 12:20:00
New Hajj fraud warning from Action Fraud and City of London Police.
Fraudsters are continuing to send victims their own passwords in sextortion scam15/05/2019 17:02:00
A sextortion phishing scam, first identified by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) in July 2018, continues to be reported to Action Fraud in high numbers.
NCSC advice following WhatsApp vulnerability15/05/2019 13:20:00
The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued advice for users of WhatsApp following yesterday's vulnerability announcement.
Gang of fraudsters jailed for 43 years by the Metropolitan Police after reports to Action Fraud10/05/2019 10:20:00
A gang of fraudsters have been jailed for a total of more than 43 years for their parts in the theft of millions of pounds from businesses and individuals in the UK and abroad.
Action Fraud report reveals £7 million lost to holiday fraud08/05/2019 10:20:00
Fraudsters stole more than £7 million from unsuspecting holidaymakers and other travellers in 2018, a new report yesterday revealed.
42% of used hard drives sold on eBay still contain sensitive data26/04/2019 14:20:00
The findings will make worrying reading for anyone looking to make some extra cash by selling their old hard drives.
Springtime tax scams target young and vulnerable, warns HMRC25/04/2019 10:20:00
Young adults who may have less experience of the tax system should be especially vigilant against springtime refund scams, warns HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
Off-duty police officer steps in to prevent his elderly neighbour getting conned by fraudsters15/04/2019 10:20:00
An eagle-eyed off duty officer stepped in to stop his elderly neighbour becoming the victim of a fraud after she bought hundreds of pounds worth of gift cards.
Dedicated Cyber Crime Units Get Million Pound Cash Injection12/04/2019 13:10:00
The NPCC National Cyber Crime Programme yesterday (11/4) announced that every Police Force in England and Wales now has a dedicated Cyber Crime Unit in place thanks to a multi-million-pound investment from the Government.