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Messages around WhatsApp ‘Martinelli’ video hack and WhatsApp Gold warnings are a hoax

No, your smartphone won’t get hacked if you play ‘Martinelli’ video.

  • Published: April 18, 2018 3:53 PM IST
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The problem with fake news is it’s becoming difficult to tackle. Unfortunately, fake news spreads like wildfire on WhatsApp. We encounter hoax messages that are circulated via various messaging platforms. Recently, a video titled ‘Martinelli’ has been doing the rounds on WhatsApp.

The message warns users not to open a video titled ‘Martinelli’ because in just 10 seconds, it will hack your phone and you will not be able to stop it either. The video has a malware that causes irreparable damage to your smartphone, the message reads, and also asks you to forward it to your family and friends.

It reads “If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this. An IT colleague has advised that a video comes out tomorrow from WhatsApp called martinelli do not open it, it hacks your phone and nothing will fix it. Spread the word,” The Mirror reports.

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“If you receive a message to update the Whatsapp to Whatsapp Gold, do not click !!!!! Now said on the news this virus is difficult and severe. Pass it on to all.” Truth be told, the message is just another hoax, and there is no reason to worry about. The hoax message just doesn’t end there, it further warns about updating from WhatsApp to WhatsApp Gold, something that doesn’t exist at all.

Over the past couple of years, several WhatsApp users have reported receiving invitation to install “limited edition” version that promises some additional features along with improved security of your data. These are scamsters at their best. They would pass on a link to download the limited edition app, which will redirect to a page that will ask for information such as your name, bank account or credit / debit card details.

Before you even realize it, your personal and bank details could be at a risk. The best way to go about this is to ignore such hoax messages, and also ensure you don’t circulate them among other groups. And if you come across anyone who is circulating such message, be a responsible enough to inform them about the hoax, which can further help stop it from spreading.

  • Published Date: April 18, 2018 3:53 PM IST