‘WhatsApp Gold’ virus returns – here’s what to do if you receive the hoax message

‘WhatsApp Gold’ virus returns – here’s what to do if you receive the hoax message
The hoax messages dupes people into downloading malware (Photo: Shutterstock)

A hoax message which tricks victims into downloading a virus is circulating on WhatsApp again.

The WhatsApp Gold virus first surfaced in 2016 and encourages users to install a fake update which supposedly gives them access to enhanced features of the app.

What is WhatsApp Gold?

Different variations of the ‘WhatsApp Gold’ scam message have emerged since 2016, with some users reporting ‘exclusive invitations’ to install a ‘limited edition’ version of the app.

The enhanced version claims to offer features which include the ability to have video chats, send 100 pictures at once, and delete messages after they have been sent.

WhatsApp updates updates are usually done automatically through the app itself (Photo: Shutterstock)
WhatsApp updates updates are usually done automatically through the app itself (Photo: Shutterstock)

The message invites users to click a link to download the upgrade, which then directs them to a website where malicious software will install a virus on their phone.

What to do if you receive the scam message

If you receive the message, it is advised that you do not click the link to sign up up to for the fake upgrade, and instead delete the message from your phone.

Only one version of WhatsApp exists and updates are usually done automatically through the app itself.