Beware! Fake version of WhatsApp found on Google Play Store

Angelica Greene
November 6, 2017

At a time when WhatsApp's "Delete for Everyone" feature is getting welcomed by users all over the world, a fake version of the popular messaging application has been spotted on the Google Play store.

Reddit reader dextergenius decompiled the fake app in Google Play and found that it tries to deliver advertisements to users who have downloaded and installed it.

The latest WhatsApp Messenger update has been rolled out early on Saturday, November 4, following the global outage that brought down the app the previous day.

It is even more concerning that the developer was also able to take the name WhatsApp Inc., and then put this out on Google Play Store.

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"All of them have four-star review averages, presumably thanks to industrial-scale subversion of Play's review system", said Fortune. Such apps can easily track the player's location. To get on-board simply download the app from Google Play, follow the on-boarding process and start answering surveys.

According to reports, it was very easy for a layman to fall for this app since the name of the app and its logo were similar to the original. If you want to know the official name of the app it was Update WhatsApp Messenger.

"Check only official channels to download WhatsApp Business in future.", it added.

As Motherboard reported the app has been downloaded at least 1 million times till now. "The chat app aims to help businesses and connect an communicate via this platform". A fake version of the popular game Temple Run 2 was also seen doing the rounds of the Play Store back in October. That is, until Google comes up with a way to keep fake developers from imitating the real developers.

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