‘Whatsapp Gold’ is a hoax
The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware that messages are circulating on Whatsapp that attempt to lure people into using a ‘gold’ version of the app.
The scam urges victims to sign up for an ‘upgrade’. After clicking on the link you would be redirected to a fake page and your phone would become infected with malware.
Remember, any updates to WhatsApp usually happen automatically through the app. If you receive a request to download ‘WhatsApp Gold’ do not click the link. Delete it.
For more information, read our advice about malware.
Always install the latest software and app updates, and only install apps from official app stores, such as Google Play or the app store that came pre-installed with your device.
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If you have been a victim of a cybercrime, report it to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN).