An old hoax surrounding a supposedly hidden version of WhatsApp has reappeared online.
WhatsApp Gold is allegedly a special version of the popular messaging app used by celebrities and rich people with access to hidden features.
Any messages you receive urging you to update to WhatsApp Gold should be disregarded immediately.
The idea was first circulated back in 2016 by internet scammers and it appears to reappear every few years. Given the world is currently leaning on apps like WhatsApp to get through the coronavirus pandemic, this probably shouldn’t come as a surprise.
According to those who have been targeted – a message will drop into your inbox saying that a special version of WhatsApp is available.
The message reads something like this: ‘Hey Finally Secret WhatsApp golden version has been leaked, This version is used only by big celebrities. Now we can use it too.’
It’s usually accompanied by a link where you can supposedly download WhatsApp Gold. In actual fact, these links can be riddled with malware that lock you out of your phone or steal valuable personal information.
According to reports, hackers are combining the WhatsApp Gold hoax with a video called the ‘Dance of the Pope’ in an effort to get victims to open the link.
WhatsApp does introduce new features all the time. But the company is very vocal about what it’s pushing out and when.
Any updates will occur through updating the app itself – and not through clicking a link embedded in a message.
If you see something promising extra features or upgrades as long as you fill in your details or click through to a link, you should ignore the message and delete it straight away.