If you get a message promising you brand new colours for Whatsapp then ignore it, it’s a scam.
According to the i100 scammers are sending messages that look like they’re from Whatsapp.com, but are in fact from шһатѕарр.com (the crafty swine are using Cyrillic letters), promising users new features for the popular messaging app.
Should you be silly enough to visit the link you’ll get a message saying ‘New colours for WhatsApp, now you can change your WhatsApp and leave it your favourite colours’ alsong with news that the update is available for iOS, Windows, Apple, and Blackberry.
We’re guessing the scammers don’t realise iOS and Apple are the same thing.
The site will then ask you to share it with twelve friends (because that’s usual practise for a website) for verification. Once you’ve been verified the scammers reveal that the ‘feature’ only works on desktop and you need an extension.
Unfortunately the extension, ‘BlackWhats’, doesn’t unlock bright new colourful chats for you and your friends all, it does is give them malware.
Google have reportedly removed the extension now to try and prevent others from being affected.
More of a concept than a journalist, Tom Percival was forged in the bowels of Salford University from which he emerged grasping a Masters in journalism.
Since then his rise has been described by himself as ‘meteoric’ rising to the esteemed rank of Social Editor at UNILAD as well as working at the BBC, Manchester Evening News, and ITV.
He credits his success to three core techniques, name repetition, personality mirroring, and never breaking off a handshake.