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Watch Out! WhatsApp Video Call Scams

WhatsApp started rolling out video calling for all users, but beware of scams!

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Watch Out! WhatsApp Video Call Scams
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Popular messaging service Whatsapp has been rolling out a video-calling service in stages to users on both iOS and Android platforms. While it does look like iOS users already have that new update, the video calling selection hasn’t appeared for some Android users yet. 
 
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If you receive a call from a user who has the voice calling feature, your WhatsApp will also have that feature enabled. Taking full advantage of this ‘feature by invite’ system, many scammers took to WhatsApp and sent out messages with scam links and messages stating that they are invited to permit voice calling only after they click and share the message. 
 
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These messages typically contain links to websites with malware and advertisements. Each time a user clicks, the scammers make cash. The message will then ask you to share the exact message with 10 more users and groups, and only then will they enable the voice calling feature for you. However, after all the exercise and the clicks, you find out that it is a hoax.

The link they send out will be very suspicious, with a “whatappvideoonline.com” URL (note: the misspelling). If you’re waiting for the video calling feature to be enabled on your smartphone, just wait patiently for the official update from Google Play. 
 
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For iOS users, making a video call in the updated WhatsApp involves tapping on a video camera icon on the top right of the screen, but with Android users, you might already have the video calling feature but it’s not so noticeable. You have to tap on the phone icon at the top right hand corner and you will be given the choice for voice or video calling.
 
 
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