Another day, another smart phone scam none of us would have to worry about if we were still using Nokia 3310s.
There’d also be Snake, but that’s another conversation for a different day.
Today, everyone’s talking about the dangerous scam going around WhatsApp, the private messaging app used by an estimated five million Aussies to keep in touch with loved ones overseas and banter in group chats.
The short story is: people are receiving direct messages on WhatsApp about a virus-ridden video called Martinelli reportedly being released in the next 24 hours. This video isn’t real, but there is a real threat WhatsApp users should be mindful of.
It’s a tad tricky to get your head around but essentially, there could be a real scam hidden in a fake scam.
Let’s back up a bit. Earlier this week, reports started filtering through about WhatsApp users receiving the Martinelli message.
“If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this. An IT colleague has advised that a video comes out tomorrow from WhatsApp called martinelli do not open it, it hacks your phone and nothing will fix it. Spread the word,” the variation of the message reads.
— TechBuzz Ireland ???????? (@techbuzzinfo) January 2, 2019