Whatsapp 4G VIP Scam fooling users again

I’m sorry to be writing about Whatsapp again so soon and I’m sorry that it’s about yet ANOTHER Whatsapp hoax message but I had to warn you that there is a new scam going around – because I’ve seen it so many times already!   Its similar to the last one Whatsapp 4.0.   This Whatsapp 4G VIP Scam is fooling users into thinking that it is a real update.   Its more like an extention of the phishing scam Whatsapp Version 4.0 where the post action lists the extra features that you can get.

Whatsapp 4G VIP Scam fooling users

The promises on this new VIP scam are as follows

  • Private Messaging, while withholding your number
  • Free WiFi mode
  • Video Calling
  • See who has viewed your profile picture on Whatsapp
  • Free calls

Of course, not everyone can have this – its VIP don’t you know, it’s for special people who invited users only.  So you must invite your friends before you can download.  (ALARM BELLS YET?)

Also as usual with these scams if look carefully at the message – is written in bad English, (worse than mine, even) with capital letters all over the place, there is no way that Whatsapp would advertise like that.

AND it the link is NOT from Whatsapp but from a created URL by the scammers to looks like Whatsapp but of course its FAKE.

Whatsapp 4G VIP Scam fooling users

Whatsapp 4G VIP Scam fooling users

The link takes you to a website like this

Whatsapp 4G VIP Scam fooling users

 

I’m not certain what happens after you download it, I did not want to find out and haven’t yet found out from the people I know that shared it – but I would suggest you immediately delete it and change your password – and if you can scan your phone, disinfect your hands and go and sit in the corner for the rest of the day!  🙂

Please never share things like this before you check it out – Always go to the Whatsapp website and check to see if any updates or the store for your phone – never click a link sent via Whatsapp or email before you check it out.

If you are really unsure Whatsapp do have a special help page – Frequently Asked Questions. 

I received a strange Whatsapp message. Is it true?

You may have received spam from an unauthorized third party and not WhatsApp.

We work diligently to reduce any spam messages that come through our system. Creating a safe space for users to communicate with one another is a priority. However, just like regular SMS or phone calls, it is possible for other WhatsApp users who have your phone number to contact you. Thus, we want to help you identify and handle these messages.

Unwanted messages from unauthorized third parties come in many forms, such as spam, hoax and phishing messages. All these types of messages are broadly defined as unsolicited messages from unauthorized third parties that try to deceive you and prompt you to act in a certain way.

You may be the target of a deceptive scheme if any of the following describes a message you receive, via WhatsApp or email:

  • The sender claims to be affiliated with WhatsApp.
  • The message content includes instructions to forward the message.
  • The message claims you can avoid punishment, like account suspension, if you forward the message.
  • The message content includes a reward or gift from WhatsApp or another person.

Hope this helps

 

Another WhatsApp hoax, David D Suretech

whatappEvery time there are changes, on something like Facebook or WhatsApp the tricksters try it on again. There is, yes another WhatsApp hoax fooling users and its really just a reworded version of the last whatsapp hoax message  and the one before that….  This time they are using the recent down time to fool users in to thinking this is real.

I was alerted of the new hoax a few days ago when someone asked me if it was real.  I wondered if I should warn users, but thought most people would understand by now. It seems not – as many worried people have been arriving here all day, looking for answers.

Another WhatsApp hoax = David D Suretech

The fake WhatsApp message reads as follows – and of course the more people that forward it the more viral it gets, please don’t share it.

 

Hello, I. Am DAVID D. SURETECH founder of Whatsapp.
this message is to inform all of our users that we have only 53 million accounts available for new phones.

Our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem.

We need our active users to forward this message to every single person in their contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp.

If you do not send this message to all your contacts to WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts.

The automatic update symbol on your SmartPhone Will appear with the transmission of this message. Your smartphone will be updated within 24 hours, and will feature a new design; a new color for the chat and the icon will change from green to azul.

Whatsapp will begin to charge unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and the logo will become red on your platform to indicate that you are an active user.

Tomorrow, we wil begin to take messages for whatsapp for 0.37 cents.

Forward this message to more than 9 people in your contact list and the what’s app logo on your will turn blue meaning that you have

Become a free user for life.

Confirming this is the new icon WhatsApp 

Send it to all your contacts to update the application

send this to 10 people

To activate the new whatsapp calling for free version 4.0.0

100% WORKING!!! I GOT THE NEW WHATSAPP NOW… With free calls!!!

 

Also  WhatsApp was founded in 2009 by  Brian Acton and Jan Koum so its just another whatsApp hoax David D Suretech is probably just a made up name, unless you know different?

If you see anything like this please just GOOGLE it – you will soon see the answer.

Don’t give them a reason to give us more of this rubbish by sharing it.

Hope this helps

 

 

 

Here we go again – Whatsapp status – hoax message

 

It seems that Whatsapp are having a few problems today – as their account on twitter called Whatsapp status suggests

WhatsApp StatusWhatsApp Status ‏@wa_status

WhatsApp status functionality is currently not available. We are working on resolving it soon-ish…

So on the band wagon the spammers jump…… they changed a recent hoax to be applicable the status problems –  It explains this is why your Status and everyone elses says  – error – Status unavailable. This is to scam you into forwarding. 

The first clue we have that this is fake is the message says from summer 2012 whatsapp will start charging.  Are they charging ? 
Also have a look on Whatsapps Blog -March 2012 -They already said it was a hoax.

WhatsApp Hoax as follows………..

Before you read this, go to your contacts and look at everyones status! Should say error: status unavailable.Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, the use of WhatsApp cost money from summer 2012.
If you send this string to 18 different on your list, your icon will be blue and will be free for you.
If you do not believe me see tomorrow at 6 pm ending WhatsApp and have to pay to open it, this is by law
This message is to inform all of our users, our servers have recently been very congested, so we are asking your help to solve this problem. We require our active users forwarded this message to each of the people in your contact list to confirm our active users using WhatsApp, if you do not send this message to all your contacts WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all their contactsMessage from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account
after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill.
We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are
working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as
possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”
WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free
is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are
chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people
who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to
indicate a frequent user. Am sorry had no option!
And check now the status of every individual contact is showing :
Status : error
It looks exactly like all the other hoaxes, we’ve had the same thing on Msn, Hotmail, on Twitter, on Facebook and probably Myspace, but yet so many people are spreading it, Twitter is on fire with complaints of people forwarding the spam, which is all it is really just spam.
whatsapp2
So …… you get the gist, the its fake, don’t do it ….. its just annoying the hell out of everyone.
Some of the tweets are linking to this message – it might help you should try it ? LOL
whats-app1
Sorry! It was funny!
Hope this helps 🙂

Facebook Private Messages appearing on Timeline isn’t Privacy Bug

TechCrunch alerted readers that private messages were appearing on Timeline as posted by friends.  

I think people might actually be getting paranoid about Facebook privacy now. I must say I’ve never trusted it either.  So is it a hoax or not?

Today we read a post created by Techcrunch – They said that private messages were appearing on your timeline, they said it didn’t seem worldwide, it appeared so far to be only in France. The messages appeared in a box that said friends posted to your wall.

I was half convinced that this was an isolated case but I headed over to my wall – timeline to check, and I noticed 2 posts that could have been private messages – I thought, Wow its true, this is bad – and I continued on to see if I could find any more – but I couldn’t.  I did indeed find the box they mentioned for the year 2009 with about 200 wall messages from friends, but they were not private messages, mostly birthday wishes. These have always been visible on your Facebook wall.

However, it was most strange as people were still angry, and saying that they definitely have old private messages on their timeline for everyone too see.

Then we saw a post from the BBC saying that the Facebook private message rumour is false. Although the report was sketchy and refered to its supplier of information as “The Source”

A short while after TechCrunch updated their own website and took it all back……

Facebook confirms no private messages appearing on timeline. 

Facebook also says in no uncertain terms that there is absolutely no privacy bug. What people are seeing are old Wall postings, not private messages. A spokesperson told Constine:

“Every report we’ve seen, we’ve gone back and checked. We haven’t seen one report that’s been confirmed

[of a private message being exposed]. A lot of the confusion is because before 2009 there were no likes and no comments on wall posts. People went back and forth with wall posts instead of having a conversation [in the comments of single wall post.]“

Facebook also told Constine there are technical barriers that prevent private messages from appearing as wall posts. “The two systems are totally separate.”

So its not exactly a hoax it seems that, someone just got it wrong. Although I am seeing people still convinced they have seen messages on their own Timeline that were private messages, and they think that Facebook is lying.

Apparently, the posts look odd because we didn’t used to have “comments” posts would just go back and forth on a persons wall. So this is where people were getting confused.

Do you think you are confused, or are you certain that Private messages are / were on your wall, I’d love to hear.

How to hide these supposed private Facebook messages

If you are worried – Go to your timeline – click on the year at the side, you will see a box Post of friends

  1. Hover over the box and click 
  2. Click Hide from Timeline
Or if you did hide them and now want to unhide these posts. 

How to unhide facebook posts.

Go to your activity log – which is just under your cover picture next to update info

This is everything in your timeline but only you can see it all. On the right at the top you see a button – ALL

Click this and then HIDDEN – you will then see all the posts you have hidden – click the circle at the end of the line and then allowed on time line.

Evidently Facebook say its just not possible, in the same way that Twitter says that its not possible for anyone too see who is looking at your Twitter profile page.

With the privacy claims Facebook have been involved with, would they be stupid enough to allow this to happen?

Let us know what you think.