The popular messaging service is targeted by several scams and viruses.
Another WhatsApp scam message is doing the rounds just a few months after the UAE issued a warning against a virus that plagued its users.
Although the ‘WhatsApp Gold’ virus update has been debunked, which started back in 2016, the scam message referenced it to make it more believable, according to Standard.co.uk.
Some users have recently received a message that stated: “Today the radio was talking about Whatsapp Gold and it’s true. There is a video that will be launched tomorrow in Whatsapp and is called Martinelli, do not open it. Goes into your phone and nothing you do will fix it. Spread the word if you know someone. If you receive a message to update Whatsapp Gold, do not open it! They just announced that the virus is serious. Send it to everyone.”
— TechBuzz Ireland 👨💻 (@techbuzzinfo) January 2, 2019
Either way, make sure you do not download WhatsApp gold to prevent the hack, as it will only install malware on your phone.
Man in UAE gets Dh500,000 fine, 5 year jail for ‘funny’ Instagram video
His account was also shut down.
A young man accused of inciting hatred against teachers and schools on social media has been fined Dh500,000 and given a 5-year jail term in Abu Dhabi.
His social media handle on Instagram has also been shut down, as per Al Khaleej report.
The GCC national, a university student, had allegedly posted a video on Instagram where he urged students to attack their teachers.
The accused denied the charges, saying: “I didn’t mean to mock the local (Emirati) accent, and I didn’t intend to incite hatred or violence against any segment of society.
“Neither did I intend to disrupt the natural order of our schools.”
He added, “My video was for illustrative purposes only, showing that fights such as these take place. It was meant for comedic relief amongst me and my friends who are of the same age group.
“We wanted to shed light and raise awareness, giving advice on such incidents. Only my friends and I saw the video on Instagram.”