WhatsApp Video Calling Invite Proves to be Malicious

WhatsApp has finally launched its much-awaited video calling feature for Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone users. The WhatsApp video calling feature was tested for months before being made available.

As the news of the video calling launch hit the Web, many users initially started receiving and sharing an unverified link on WhatsApp, that claimed to be an invite link to activate the feature of WhatsApp video calling. Please note that the invite link that has gone viral on WhatsApp is fake, and clicking it could potentially expose your smartphone to harmful attacks.

WhatsApp introduced an invite system last year when it rolled out voice calling in phases to all its users, and appears to be the reason scam artists are trying an ‘invite link’ to dupe users to do the same for WhatsApp video calling. Notably however, the official invite system did not make use of links to any website – not even the company’s own. The Facebook-owned firm certainly appears to have learnt from its mistakes with the voice calling rollout, and WhatsApp video calling is automatically enabled via updates from respective app stores.

This hasn’t stopped the unsolicited invite link from going viral on WhatsApp, and duping users. It wrongly guides users that only people with an invitation can enable WhatsApp video calling. This information is wrong as all iPhone, Windows Phone, and Android users now have the WhatsApp video calling update rolling out to their smartphones. There is no invite system being used by the company, and the WhatsApp video calling feature is available to all freely via a simple update. Just head to the Google Play/App Store/ or Windows Store to check for an update manually, and download it via mobile data or Wi-Fi to activate video calling.

This message is widely being thought to be the real deal because of link name and the interface of the website that it leads to artfully spoof the legitimate site and app. There is more than one variations of this invite being forwarded in an attempt to dupe people waiting to try WhatsApp video calling. The links ‘whatsapp.org.videocallenable.co’ or ‘whatsappvideostart.com’ have an interface that matches the actual app’s colour pattern. It has a bold green button in the middle that claims to activate WhatsApp video calling and even has screenshots of the video calling feature to convince users of its legitimacy.

 

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