WhatsApp recently unveiled its much anticipated video-calling feature for all operating systems. The latest feature is available for download and also as an update for all users. While this is good news for many as it opens up new areas of communications, it has also created new avenues for cyber criminals who have been circulating dangerous links inviting users to downloaded the video-calling feature. Interestingly, the malicious links also invite users towards a group calling feature which even WhatsApp hasn’t introduced yet. In the link it is written that: “You’re invited to try WhatsApp Video Calling feature. Only people with the invitation can enable this feature.” Once a user clicks on the link, he/she is asked to invite more contacts for video-calling to activate on your smartphone.
We ask the users to beware of these links and not fall prey to such scams. Clicking on these links will open you and your data like contacts, documents, emails, pictures in the hands of cyber attackers, and hackers. WhatsApp, however, had introduced this kind of invite mechanism last year for the voice-calling feature but this time around, the video calling feature is available only for a simple update or download. These malicious links are generally shared claiming features which are very exclusive like the video calling invitation. Some time back, a link with the name WhatsApp Gold was circulated on the app, but there is no such this as a gold version.
Similarly, the video calling facility is available only through the app download or update. Users should be careful when clicking on URLs with names like WhatsAppvideostart, and the likes. They often take you to pages which look similar to WhatsApp but are 100 percent fake. These pages resemble the original WhatsApp when it comes to the colour scheme, design and interface. But the Chrome browser will warn you that the site is possibly used for phishing anyway. That is the first sign that it is a fake website.
WhatsApp had opened the video-calling feature for all users on November 15 for its billion users out of which India has the biggest market with 160 million users.