In case you’re going to install WhatsApp on your smartphone then beware and spare a moment to read this shocking news. A fake and possibly malicious version of Facebook-owned WhatsApp has been found on Google Play Store as Update WhatsApp Messenger. And surprisingly, the developed name is ‘WhatsApp Inc’.
IANS checked it on the Play Store to find that the app has been downloaded by more than 5,000 times. There is another version under the same name which has a million downloads. If you check, the original version of WhatsApp has 1 billion downloads.
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The existence of the shady software was first highlighted by the popular WhatsApp change tracking website WABetaInfo, via Twitter user @MujtabaMHaq, IB Times reported late on Thursday.
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The software posing as WhatsApp Business already have several users complaining about it in comments section.
"DON'T DOWNLOAD THIS APP! IT'S FAKE! WhatsApp Business is not officially available yet for all," the WABetaInfo social media account tweeted to its 30,000 followers.
It added: "Check only official channels to download WhatsApp Business in future."
WhatsApp Business is yet to launch as a standalone service.
(With IANS Inputs)