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WhatsApp Fake or Hoax Messages Spreading Like Wildfire Again

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WhatsApp Fake or Hoax Messages Spreading Like Wildfire Again

WhatsApp users, please ignore the chain messages below, because they are all fakes. The messages falsely claim that WhatsApp servers are congested, they have a limited amount of accounts and WhatsApp will start charging unless you share the same message with friends.

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The Fake WhatsApp Chain Messages

“Hello, I. Am riya director of whatsapp, this message is to inform all of our users that we have only 530 accounts available for new phones, and that our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem…”

"WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with.to become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to indicate a frequent user."

“Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”

WhatsApp servers are currently not congested, they do not have limited amount of accounts and sharing the bogus chain messages above, will not stop WhatsApp from charging you. WhatsApp has started charging everyone 0.99 cents each year for their services. So, whether you are an IPhone, Android or other mobile platform users, going forward, you will be charged $0.99 per year to use WhatsApp. Before, Android and other different platform users of WhatsApp received free service for the first year and then were charged 99 cents each year after.

WhatsApp has this to say about the new charge:

"First, we are updating our business model for new iPhone users going forward. As you know, we used to charge iPhone users a $.99 one time payment, while Android and other platforms had free service for the first year and paid $0.99 a year after that. From now on, we’ve simplified our business model so that all users on all platforms will enjoy their first year of WhatsApp service for free, and only pay $.99 per year after that. We feel that this model will allow us to become the communications service of the 21st century, and provide you the best way to stay in touch with your friends and family with no ads getting in the way. The good news for all current iPhone users is that WhatsApp will be free of charge for the rest of your life."

Now, if you are sent a message, please research what the message claims, before following the instructions in it. These messages are not a threat but, the next one might be.

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  • Posted: Jan 3, 2017 at 11:43 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

    I received a scam on Whatsup and send it to ten people. Do I have to worry?

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    • Posted: Jan 3, 2017 at 12:16 PM by info

      No, just let the people who you sent it to, know it is a scam.

      delete


  • Posted: Jan 1, 2016 at 7:00 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Is the message about a Carmen real? She is a girl and is dead?Please explain.

    delete


    • Posted: Jan 1, 2016 at 7:56 AM by info

      We are not familiar with the message. Please post it here.

      delete


  • Posted: Nov 8, 2014 at 5:47 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Clondalkin, Leinster, Ireland

    Is this true:

    "Dont forget to send it back to me..
    Saturday morning whatsapp will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message.in this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue (??) and will remain free. (As discussed in the paper today. Whatsapp will cost 0.01€ per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise whatsapp activate billing"


    delete


    • Posted: Nov 8, 2014 at 6:19 AM by info

      No, it is not true. Do not follow the instructions in the message.

      delete


  • Posted: Nov 7, 2014 at 5:57 AM by an anonymous user from or near: New Delhi, Delhi, India

    I have gotten a message from Carmen Winstead.

    delete


  • Posted: Feb 26, 2014 at 10:07 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

    I have got a message. Is this fake?
    Saturday morning whatsapp will become chargeable. If you have at least 10 contacts send them this message.in this way we will see that you are an avid user and your logo will become blue (??) and will remain free. (As discussed in the paper today. Whatsapp will cost 0.01€ per message. Send this message to 10 people. When you do the light will turn blue otherwise whatsapp activate billing.

    delete


    • Posted: Feb 27, 2014 at 4:40 AM by info

      This message is a fake.

      delete


  • Posted: Feb 24, 2014 at 5:44 AM by an anonymous user from or near: New Delhi, Delhi, India

    I got the following message. Is is fake?
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    Hello, I. Am DAVID D. SURETECH founder of Whatsapp. this message is to inform all of our users that we have only 53million accounts available for new phones. Our servers have recently been very congested, so we asking for your help to solve this problem. We need our active users to forward this message to every single person in their contact list in order to confirm our active users that use WhatsApp. ...
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    delete


    • Posted: Feb 24, 2014 at 8:42 AM by info

      This is a hoax. Click here to read more.

      delete


  • Posted: Feb 10, 2014 at 3:00 AM by an anonymous user from or near: London, England, United Kingdom

    I have seen such messages over time. But logics or rather the spirit of God in the inside of me has never allowed me to believe such things. If I happen to be the CEO of whatsapp why will I want to disable some accounts when I should be looking forward to having almost all cell phone users using my app and making more names for me. Anyway I want to thank the CEO of whatsapp for the services of whatsapp. God bless you and all the whatsapp team.

    delete


  • Posted: Feb 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Singapore, Central Singapore, Singapore

    I had another 2 chain message:
    First:
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    “Hi my name is Savannah. I'm 11 years old. I am very similar to you... Did I mention to you that I'm dead. A few years ago a group of girls pushed me down a sewer hole to try and embaress me. When I didn't colme back up the police came. The girls said that I had fell and everyone believed them. The police found my body in the sewer. I had a broken neck and my face was torn off. Send this message to 15 people after you read the whole message if you value your life! A boy called David recieved this message. He just laughed and deleted it. When he was in the shower he heard laughing... MY LAUGHTER! He got really scared, rushed to his phone to repost this message... But he was too late. The next morning his mum entered his bedroom and all she found was a message written in his blood saying, "You will never have him back!" No one has found his body yet... beacuse he is with me! A girl called Charlotte recieved this message and she immeadiatly sent it to 25 people (10 more than required). I still watch over every second of her life to make sure that she is safe and to keep her and everyone close to her out of danger. Send this to 15 people in the next 5 minutes if you don't want your fate to be the same as David's. Your time starts... NOW!


    Second:
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    Now that u opened this u have to read it. Yep . I'm back . My name is Carmen Winstead . 6 years ago i was pushed down a sewer opening by 5 classmates trying to embarrass me at a fire drill. When I didnt come up, the police were called. When the police came, I was found at the bottom of the sewer with my neck broken and my face torn off. The girls who pushed me told everyone I fell. They believed them. two months later, one of the girls who pushed Me read this message and didnt send it. When she went to take a shower, she heard laughter coming from the drain. Freaked out she got out of the shower and went to bed. 5 hours later, her mom was awakened by a loud noise, only to find her daughter gone. Later, the police found her at the bottom of a sewer; the same one I was pushed down. The girl's neck was broken and her face was torn off. After that, the rest of the girls who pushed Me also died in the same way; no face skin, broken neck. Even google My name. You'll find this to be true. If you don't forward this to 15 people(no groups),I will either come out of a sink, toilet, shower drain, or sewer when u go to sleep.
    Good luck !”

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  • Posted: Dec 7, 2013 at 5:31 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Bundoora, Victoria, Australia

    I have received below text from - 669-1784-4933, claiming to be Whatsapp:
    "Your WhatsApp account (614########) will expire soon.
    Would you like a free one-year WhatsApp membership?"

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    From info:
    This is a scam. Click here to read more.

    delete


  • Posted: Nov 3, 2013 at 1:40 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland

    I am a frequent user and Like this app its great keep it up and running forever and Riya u r da bomb thanx. Uth boy S.A

    delete


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