Fake WhatsApp Update Scam that is misguiding users to install Spam App

WhatsApp is a most popular messaging app in the world. If you come across a website that offers you WhatsApp in different colours, ignore it. A fake website claiming to offer different-coloured skins for WhatsApp is making rounds and it is advised not to fall for it as it is a Spam App.

About SCAM

In this scam, Instead of directing users to WhatsApp’s official website which is http://whatsapp.com. The adware directs users to fake website- http://шһатѕарр.comThe “ш” symbol, which resembles “w” in some fonts, is actually a Greek or Cyrillic alphabet.

If you receive a notification asking you to download the WhatsApp colors update you need to ignore it. People who click the fake шһатѕарр.com link will be asked to share the link to multiple groups so as to prove that they’re human. Once the link has been shared adware will be installed onto the user’s device. Once the adware is installed a message saying that WhatsApp colors is only available on WhatsApp web and a link to a chrome extension is given.

Reddit user named “Yuexist” explained:

User gets the message saying whatsapp is now available with different colors ” I love the new colors for whatsapp http://шһатѕарр.com/?colors When you click the fake whatsapp.com url in mobile, the user is made to share the link to multiple groups for human verification. Once your done sharing you are made to install adware apps after you have installed the adware the website says the whatsapp color is available only in whatsapp web and makes you install an extension. This extension was available on Chrome Web Store however Google has removed the extension from the store.