WhatsApp Messenger is one of the most popular cross-platform mobile messaging apps that enable users to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. The popular app is available on all smartphones including Windows Phone, Nokia, and BlackBerry.
The application has its official Facebook page, however, it does not have any Facebook app as such that enables users to exchange messages from within Facebook. In the absence of this, scammers on Internet and Facebook have taken advantage of it and have created a number of bogus Facebook apps in the name of WhatsApp:
According to Robin Wauters of TheNextWeb, “Now I’m an old man and I don’t really understand this Facebook thing, but I’m pretty sure there aren’t supposed to be this many WhatsApp Facebook apps on its platform in the first place.”
Well, just like Robin, there could be thousand other Facebook users who are muddled on whether a “WhatsApp for Facebook” app actually exists or not. Or, they could also be wondering on which app out of those hundred is legit. Users, be warned that none of these Facebook apps are legit, and there is no WhatsApp for Facebook app at all.
A few Facebook users have notified me about a WhatsApp request sent to them from a Facebook friend, which had links pointing to a bogus site. Upon clicking the link, users were taken to a fake Facebook WhatsApp app page, and were asked to grant permission to an app to access information and post updates on their behalf.
If users grant permission to the app, depending on the user’s location, they are redirected to different pages. For instance, users located in the United States, Australia, and Great Britain are redirected to a fake Starbucks gift card page.
If you receive any such invites or request, simply ignore them. Also, make sure you inform the person who sent you the request to remove the app from his/her profile immediately. In case you have mistakenly installed the Facebook app, it is highly recommended
that you go to your Facebook Account settings and delete the app immediately.
How to Identify Fake Facebook Apps?
The first thing that you need to do is to check if the company or service provider has a Facebook app or not. Visiting the developer’s official website will give you a fair knowledge on whether the developer has created a Facebook app or not.
Secondly, most of the fake apps on Facebook have a suspicious name. For instance, notice the capital ‘A’ in ‘WhatsApp,’ yet many of those fake apps has been named with the lowercase ‘a’, which clearly indicates that they’re a fake.
WhatsApp is a mobile messaging company and doesn’t actually have a Facebook app. The company has also issued a statement on its website, saying, “This has nothing to do with WhatsApp, so please ignore the message… We don’t know if the app can cause any damage, but just to be on the safe side: don’t grant the request.”
We have reported many such similar scams running on Facebook. Facebook currently has over 950 million users visiting per month, and the social networking giant has always been the main target for spreading scam messages. Although it is quite difficult to identify scams on Facebook, we have provided some tips on How to Identify and Avoid Facebook Scams. Bookmark Techie Buzz Facebook Scams or Subscribe to Scam Alert Feed. We always keep you updated with the latest scams spreading on Facebook.