Facebook’s acquisition of cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp may still be pending, but that hasn’t stopped scammers from using it as bait.
Hoax-Slayer reported that WhatsApp users are receiving messages like this one (unedited):
Hello, I. Am john Sam director of whatsapp, this message is to inform all of our users that we have sold whatsapp to Mark Zuckerberg for 19 billion $. WhatsApp is now controlled by mark zuckerberg. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and logo of your whatsapp will change to a new icon with facebook’s “f” within 24 hours.
Forward this message to more than 10 people to activate your new whatsapp with facebook services or else your account will be deleted from new servers.
Confirming this is the new icon WhatsApp
Send it to all your contacts to update the application send this to 10 people To activate the new whatsapp.
If the host of grammatical, spelling and factual errors didn’t already give it away, these messages are hoaxes and should be ignored and not shared, but according to Hoax-Slayer, they do not present any sort of danger.
WhatsApp users: Have you seen anything similar?