WhatsApp Calling Feature Invitation Spreading Malware in Phones

Many WhatsApp users are waiting for the invitation to enable WhatsApp calling feature in the app. You may have received an invitation too or you are waiting for it. Well, if you haven’t received any invitation yet and feeling unlucky than trust me you are very lucky. According to a report by the Daily Star, WhatsApp users across the world are becoming victims of cyber Scammers who are sending fake messages inviting users to test the new calling feature that installs a dangerous Malware in the phone. If user click on the invitation link, they are taken to another website where they are asked to take a survey on behalf of the popular messaging service.

After completing the survey, they are forced to download multiple third-party applications, which run the risk of spreading malware on smartphones. It doesn’t end here The malicious voice calling invite also ask users to invite friends, before testing the feature, thus putting other users at risk of losing confidential data.

The message looks like “Hey, I am inviting you to try WhatsApp Calling, click here to activate now”. Hence, if you receive any kind of message similar to this, Do not open it , Do not click on the link , Do not forward it to friends . WhatsApp has not announced the calling feature officially, It is in beta stage so users are advised to wait until WhatsApp enable this feature  for everyone.

However, now the big question is rising that if WhatsApp has added encryption for messages sent among its users to prevent messages from being hacked or monitored then how those scam messages are coming?. If WhatsApp itself is not collecting and selling its users data then – from where are these companies getting the mobile numbers of millions of WhatsApp users?