WhatsApp group video-calling invite? Don’t click, it is a malicious app

WhatsApp video-calling update is automatically available to Android, iOS as well as for Windows users.

By: Tech Desk | Updated: November 21, 2016 11:44 am
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WhatsApp rolled out video-calling feature for Android, iOS and Windows users earlier this week. The feature was long anticipated and can be downloaded via update available to all users. However, the rollout of this popular feature has created new opportunities for scamsters who circulating malicious links inviting people to download video-calling.

These links also invite users to download a group-calling feature, something that WhatsApp itself hasn’t made official yet. The malicious link reads, “You’re invited to try WhatsApp Video Calling feature. Only people with the invitation can enable this feature.” Click on the link and it will ask you to invite more friends for video-calling to activate on your device.

However, we’d like to warn you not to fall prey to these scams. There’s always the risk of hackers, cyber-criminals gaining access to your personal contacts, mails, documents etc. While WhatsApp did introduce an invite system for activating its voice-calling feature last year, the company is going with a simple update for video-calling.

On WhatsApp’s malicious links often get shared with claims of exclusive feature. The latest video-calling invite appears to be another one. Earlier there was a ‘WhatsApp Gold’ link that had gone viral on the app, which claimed to offer users access to an exclusive form of the app. Remember, the video-calling update is automatically available to Android, iOS as well as Windows users via respective app stores. Also there’s no such thing as ‘gold’ version of WhatsApp.

Read: WhatsApp video calling: Beta is now out, but is far from perfect

Typing similar URLs such as ‘whatappvideostart.com’ takes you to a WhatsApp look-alike website, making it easy for people to believe its not a fake. The site resembles WhatsApp app in terms of interface and design. Also, the colour scheme of the website is similar to that of WhatsApp app. The site has also put out screenshots of the video-calling feature to make users believe it is authentic. But if you notice, the Chrome browser will warn you that this is site is fake and possibly used for phishing.

WhatsApp, WhatsApp scam, WhatsApp video calling, WhatsApp fake link, WhatsApp video calling scam, WhatsApp fake Video call link, WhatsApp Group Video Call, WhatsApp Video Call scammers, WhatsApp video call Android, WhatsApp Video Call iOS, WhatsApp Voice Call, Facebook, technology, technology news The malicious link reads, “You’re invited to try WhatsApp Video Calling feature. Only people with the invitation can enable this feature.”

WhatsApp announced video-calling feature for all users on November 15.  India remains an important market for Facebook-owned WhatsApp with close to 160 million monthly active users in the country.

According to WhatsApp, they saw over 8 million messages going out on the day of Diwali in India alone. WhatsApp was launched in 2009 as a rich messaging service and is now one of the world’s largest OTT messaging platforms with over 1 billion users. The addition of video-calling to its platform is expected to boost user engagement.

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First Published on: November 20, 2016 10:06 am
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    Dileshwar yadav
    Jan 5, 2017 at 3:48 am
    500 lt;br/gt;dileshwar yadavlt;br/gt;face2face
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      fgj
      Nov 20, 2016 at 12:54 pm
      great
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        arvind chitale
        Nov 20, 2016 at 3:19 pm
        Informative
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          Kumar
          Nov 20, 2016 at 5:19 am
          It is unbelievable how many technology literates fall for such scams.
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            kris kumar
            Nov 20, 2016 at 9:22 am
            I have fallen prey to this scam as well and I am not sure what damage it will do. The message was sent to me by a friend then I ped on to few of my contacts. I went back to whatsapp to download it but it said it is installed and I can use video calls but my son says do not use video as it is a scam. Any suggestion from good guys.
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              Mallikarjuna Rao
              Nov 20, 2016 at 3:07 pm
              Unfortunately .....I am a victim to this scam.....on 18th Nov when I received the invitation linlk.....I have forwarded to my contacts in Whats app...the video calling has worked...I made a call to my friend... but from 19th Nov my Moto G4 Plus is not responding...may be a virulent virus has damaged....so beware of it...I need to mitigate the issue of my mobile....any suggestions please...
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                Prabhu
                Nov 21, 2016 at 5:21 am
                Technology Literates :D How may of us know how a land line call is connected let alone how a mobile call. Just because we know how to use technology doesn't make us technology "Literates". That's why people fall prey to such scams :)
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                  sbr
                  Nov 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm
                  Do a 'Factory Reset' with your phone. I had the same trouble, and after Reset, the problem has gone. Later you have to download your apps" including Whatsapp Messenger.
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