A new scam has surfaced and it seems that many WhatsApp users have fallen for it. This is just a hoax message, which informs you that both WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger application will start charging you for their services.
The same message asks people to pass the information to other users in order to avoid paying up for the services. As most of you have already figured it out, this is just the type of message that clearly shows that it is fake, once it asks you to send it to others in order to not pay for the services.
Below we will list the full message that users have been receiving:
“From Saturday morning Facebook will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message. In this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue (?) and will remain free” … “As discussed in the paper today, Facebook will cost 0.01ps per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise Facebook will activate billing.”
The same message is circulating with the “WhatsApp” word being replaced by “Facebook”. WhatsApp is used by over 1 billion monthly active users and using this type of hoax message will spread false news very fast. Hopefully, the developers will come with an official message about this hoax message in order to inform the users that WhatsApp or Facebook will not be a paid service in the future.
If WhatsApp or Facebook will ever get to be paid service, we’re pretty sure that most of the users will just leave the platforms. We have to agree that both platforms come with great features and allow you to keep in touch with your friends and family, but not many will afford to pay money for them.