If you use WhatsApp, keep an eye out for fraudulent messages claiming that you can click to get new colours for your app.
The messages, which come from your WhatsApp contacts or groups, will look something like this:
If you follow the link in the post, you will be taken to a webpage that claims that you can now “change your WhatsApp and leave it with your favourite color”.
If you click the “Activate Now” button, you will be taken to a second scam page that claims that, before gaining access to the new colours, you must first verify that you are an active WhatsApp user by inviting 10 friends or sharing on 5 groups.
After inviting your friends or sharing to your groups, you will then be provided with a link that supposedly allows you to install the “new colors” update. However, clicking the link actually prompts you to install a dodgy adware extension from the Chrome webstore.
Despite its appearance, the message and associated browser extension have no connection to WhatsApp. You should be very wary of any message that claims that you must verify that you are an active user by sending invites or sharing to groups. This is a common scammer ruse.
Similar WhatApp scam messages have promised users new features or have claimed that users must update to a new version. Again, these fraudulent messages are designed to trick users into downloading malware or rogue apps and visiting spam websites. And, like this version, the scam messages trick people into spamming their friends with the same fake offers.
If you receive one of these bogus messages, do not follow any links that it contains.
Always get any updates for WhatsApp via the official app store for your device. The WhatsApp website includes a download page that directs you to the correct download site for the device you are using.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!