May 25th 2016
WhatsApp users are being tricked by fraudsters into downloading a fake version of WhatsApp, which infects Android devices with malware.
The 'secret' messages sent to people's inboxes claim they have an exclusive chance to download “WhatsApp Gold'.
The scam messages claim to offer enhanced features used by celebrities. Victims are urged to sign up via a link provided.
After clicking on the link you will be redirected to a fake page and your Android device will become infected with malware.
If you have already followed the link to download the software, install a reputable internet security app on your device to remove the malware. A number of different brands are available.
Mobile malware protection advice
– Always make sure you have the latest version of software and antivirus installed for increased protection.
– careful when downloading new apps as rogue ones can appear in legitimate app stores as well as unofficial online stores.
– Always check reviews and ratings as well as developer information before downloading a new app.
– If your battery suddenly starts draining really fast, it may indicate a malware problem.
– Check your phone bill online periodically – more often than once a month – so that you can keep tabs on any suspicious activity.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.