View Full Version : Caution warning to those who use WhatsApp!

Jerry Peck
03-24-2020, 10:25 AM
I received this from a friend in Miami:

This is from Miami-Dade County Public Schools: our IT*guy: 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.

If you receive a message to update the Whatsapp to Whatsapp Gold, do not click !!!!!

Please inform all contacts from your list not to open a video called the "Dance of the Pope". It is a virus that formats your mobile. Beware it is very dangerous. They announced it today on BBC radio.

Egbert Jager
03-26-2020, 07:35 AM
Whats old is new again... Bad enough we have to deal with real viruses...now we have to deal with rumours.

2018: https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/whatsapp-martinelli-phone-virus-warning/

2020: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11208992/whatsapp-gold-martinelli-video-hoax-virus-scam-hack/

Thanks for thinking of us though!

Jerry Peck
03-26-2020, 10:38 AM
Oops, sorry ...

I got it from a trusted friend so I didn't check it out ... me bad.

Egbert Jager
03-26-2020, 10:52 AM
No, not bad. Imperfect..yes, but who isn't. And certainly well intentioned.