Because WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps right now, boasting a user base of over one billion you can understand why not everyone that’s using the app is only looking to chat. The app is filled with scammers, spammers and hackers that create hoaxes to trick people to either give them their credit card information or to just troll them. Right now we are going to take a look over the most reoccurring WhatsApp hoaxes, so you know how to avoid them.
Free & Paid version of WhatsApp
Android users of WhatsApp have always had to paid $1 after using the app for over one year while iOS users had to pay $1 straight up when they downloaded the app and that’s why so many users believed this is spam. The spam that annoyed WhatsApp users the most included a text in which it said that if you forward the message to other 10 people you will become a “frequent user” and WhatsApp will become free from now on. So many people believed this trick that WhatsApp had to post on their official blog to let people know that “frequent user” don’t exist.
The Missed Call Trick
This spam goes directly to the user’s mail and lets him know that he has a missed call from someone they know, and if the user decides to click the link and follow the instruction they will download malicious malware that will allow hackers to steal their data. The email is composed in such ways that it looks official and that’s the reason many people fall for it. Keep in mind that WhatsApp will never send an email to any user.
Premium version of WhatsApp
This is definitely the most dangerous spam there is. The spam informs users that they can buy a premium version of WhatsApp that will give them extra features, and will ask for hundreds of dollars. After paying the price, the user will only realize that the app he downloaded is fake and that his credit card information was stolen. The worst thing about this, is that there’s no way of getting your money back.