WhatsApp Video Calling Spam Goes Viral

RanuP on Monday November 21, 2016 at 12:40:16 PM

WhatsApp Video Calling Spam Goes Viral

A spam message that promises access to WhatsApp’s video calling feature is going viral on the internet.

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(CCM) — WhatsApp users hoping to use the app’s new video calling feature are becoming target of viral spam in India and Asia. Shortly after the release of the much-awaited video calling feature, WhatsApp users began receiving an invitation to use the feature, which includes a link that redirects to a realistic-looking, but fraudulent WhatsApp login page. The spam message reads, "You're invited to try WhatsApp Video Calling feature. Only people with the invitation can enable this feature." After clicking the link, there is a possibility that a remote server can transfer sensitive data from users’ phones without their consent. After a verification process is complete, the spam forces users to share the same link with four of their friends.

The app introduced an invite system last year before rolling out its voice calling feature in phases to users across the globe; this appears to be the major reason behind why spammers are trying lure people with an invite link. However, WhatsApp has already rolled out the new update via the Google Play Store, and it can be easily downloaded from there for free. As soon as it is updated, users can begin using the video calling feature.

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