Many people are getting messages promising an upgrade called "WhatsApp Pink." In essence, this is a fake version of the well-known messaging software that boasts improved capabilities.
Users of WhatsApp are lured by these viral messages to click on a link and download the linked app and unfortunately, this allows the thieves to access the phone's data and take it. The stolen data may contain private information like bank account information, contact information, and images, and it may also result in spam assaults.
The Mumbai Police have issued an advisory to warn people about this con due to the rise in spam messages of this kind. To make things easier for the general public, the Mumbai Police explained that the con artists first sent the user a fake link that appeared to be an official update.
How do scams get people's data?
If the user clicks on this link, malicious software may be downloaded to their phone. After that, WhatsApp can be used to infect other phones belonging to the user's contacts using the infected phone.
How to protect your device from WhatsApp Pink scams?
Protect your device from WhatsApp Pink scams by installing apps from reputable sources like the Google Play Store when downloading and installing apps. IPhone clients are now safeguarded, as Apple confines establishments from obscure sources.
Avoid APKs and unknown websites: Avoid downloading applications from unknown websites or APK files shared by unknown people.
Verify messages that were sent: Check for the "Sent" mark on WhatsApp messages to decide whether they were initially sent by a companion or from an obscure source. When receiving messages from people you don't know, be careful.
How would I remove WhatsApp Pink?
- Users are advised to uninstall the app as soon as possible if they clicked on the link.
- Users must first ensure that the app is not connected to any other devices before attempting to delete WhatsApp Pink from their devices. This can be verified in WhatsApp's "Linked Devices" section.
- After installing WhatsApp Pink, the app may attempt to hide from the list of installed apps, according to reports. As a result, removing suspicious devices manually is a necessary step in uninstalling the app.
- In addition, safeguarding user data necessitates checking all download folders to ensure that no additional files from the download are still accessible on a device.
- Last but not least, if you receive such messages, do not forward them to anyone else to prevent the scam from spreading to users who are less aware or more vulnerable. Please inform those who have received the message if it has been spread from your device.