A message has been sent to some users that contain a link and pretends to provide the existing WhatsApp experience in pink colour and bring new features. However, instead of bringing any changes to the original WhatsApp installation, the link leads to a page with an option to download the malicious WhatsApp Pink app on their phones. The app notably neither has no relation with WhatsApp nor with Facebook.
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Cybersecurity expert Rajshekhar Rajaharia was one of the first ones to flag WhatsApp Pink scam. He tweeted, “Beware of WhatsApp Pink!! A Virus is being spread in WhatsApp groups with an APK download link. Don’t click any link with the name of #WhatsappPink.
Who are the victims of WhatsApp Pink Scam?
Lately, police and media personalities have become victims of the WhatsApp Pink scam. The malicious WhatsApp Pink is identical to the main application, thus making it tough for users to distinguish between the two. The Settings menu, however, looks different.
We request you to not download any APK or mobile apps that sidestep official app stores such as Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Do not forward unknown links to your contacts as well.
This is not the first time that hackers have used WhatsApp to target victims. In the past, users were attacked by a WhatsApp Gold variant that was also created to maliciously gain user data. Hackers have also lured users by offering free Amazon Gifts after completing a random survey.
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