One WhatsApp hoax that regularly does the rounds is that which asks you to forward the message to 10 people or the service will close down.
WhatsApp has millions of users, and it really won't notice you sending 10 messages through the service. It is not about to close down, and this is very much a hoax. Also see: WhatsApp ban: what you should know
Another variation suggests there are too many WhatsApp users, and it will close your account if you don't start using it.
The chain message reads: Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp). We have had an over usage of user names on WhatsApp Messenger.
We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. "If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours.
Please DO NOT ignore this message or WhatsApp will no longer recognise your activation." If you don't act in time, WhatsApp will apparently charge you £25 to reactivate your account, which will be added to your phone bill.
Except it won't, because WhatsApp is now a free service. As it says on its official blog: "WhatsApp will no longer charge subscription fees. For many years, we've asked some people to pay a fee for using WhatsApp after their first year.
As we've grown, we've found that this approach hasn't worked well. Many WhatsApp users don't have a debit or credit card number and they worried they'd lose access to their friends and family after their first year.
So over the next several weeks, we'll remove fees from the different versions of our app and WhatsApp will no longer charge you for our service."
WhatsApp Gold is not the first scam that has gone viral on the app. Previously scam/spam messages would go viral claiming to be from one of the founders, insisting the user forward the message to 100 friends to show that they were active users, else their account would get shut down.
Also there was the WhatsApp Plus app, which as the Telegraph report points, was not authorised by the company and claimed that it will “let users send pictures, videos and music files of an umlimited size.”
WhatsApp Gold appears to be another take of this; users should not click on the link as it could be a malware. Also remember to warn all your aunts and uncles that they should not forward the message is it a scam.