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According to a message that is circulating via WhatsApp, the company has decided to let the app “work without Internet” at no extra cost.
Supposedly, to take advantage of this new feature, you are required to send the same message to 12 people. The message claims that, once you have shared as instructed, the red light will turn green to indicate that the new feature is active.
But the claims in the message are utter nonsense. The message was not sent by WhatsApp and no amount of sharing will make the app work without an Internet or mobile connection.
The idea outlined in the message is just silly. Like other such apps, WhatsApp uses your phone’s WiFi or mobile network (4G,3G,2G etc) to send and receive messages. Surely, it hardly needs to be said that WhatsApp will never send and receive messages if your phone is not connected via WiFi, a mobile network, or another type of network connection.
And WhatsApp does not charge you to send messages. An FAQ on the WhatsApp website notes:
Is it free to send messages over WhatsApp?
WhatsApp uses your phone’s Internet connection (4G/3G/2G/EDGE or Wi-Fi, as available) to send and receive messages to your friends and family. You do not have to pay for every message. As long as you have not exceeded your data limit or you are connected to a free Wi-Fi network, your carrier should not charge you extra for messaging over WhatsApp.
In fact, the message is just one more in a long line of similar WhatsApp hoaxes and scams that have falsely claimed that you can avoid charges or gain extra features by sending a message to other users.
Any message that makes such a claim is sure to be fraudulent. If you receive such a message, do not send it to any other people. And, do not follow any links that the message may contain. Some versions try to trick users into installing malware or visiting scam websites.
An example of the hoax message:
🔴Hello this is the whatsapp company. We have decided to let whatsapp work without internet without any additional charges. Send this message to 12 people and the red light will turn green to show that you have done it. This message is optional but we are guaranteed that it will work.
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!