Scam of the Week: “Whatsapp Gold”


“Many of us use texting apps too quickly get word to someone, both private and in business. Cyber criminals have released a fake “Gold Edition” version of the very popular Whatsapp messaging app, and it is being pushed via social networking websites. This bogus version promises exclusive features like custom backgrounds and emoticons, but it actually subscribes you to high-cost messaging services that rips you off with $2 per text you send.

“This may also happen with the current texting-app you use, so do not fall for hacker tricks like this, which either drive up your phone bill, or download spyware or ransomware to your phone. The bad guys try to scam as many people as they can and promote that the app is available for both iOS and Android.

“Remember, legit smartphone apps do NOT ask for your mobile phone number and/or any other personal information so never give this out. Think before you click (or tap)!”

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About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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