Don't Fall For This Whatsapp Scam

Don't Fall For This Whatsapp Scam

31 May 2017

It seems quite convincing!

Sick of the lime green colour scheme on Whatsapp? Wish they'd change it? We definitely do!

Let us assure you however, that Whatsapp has yet to roll out colour options on the app. It does seem like someone else has though, in the form of a new scam many are buying into.

If you receive a message with a link, inviting you to download an extension to change the colour scheme on your Whatsapp, please ignore it!

While the message really does look like its been sent out by Whatsapp, it hasn't.

Here's how the scam works, reports Khaleej Times:

  1. On visiting the link, a message inviting users to change the colour of their WhatsApp pops up, saying: "New colours for WhatsApp, now you can change your WhatsApp and leave it your favourite colours", adding that it's available for iOS, Windows, Apple, and Blackberry.
  2. The website then asks visitors to share the link with 12 friends for 'verification'. On 'verifying', visitors are told that the feature is only available through the desktop site, indicating that they need to install an extension called 'BlackWhats' from the Chrome Web Store.
  3. Once downloaded, BlackWhats does anything but make your whatsapp experience beautiful, it infects your machine!

Google has removed BlackWhats from its web store, but we still urge you not to open the link!

Maybe it's time the real Whatsapp took notice, we could use some more colour in our lives!