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WhatsApp Gold scam installs malware on people’s phones ; here’s how to avoid it

Originally slated to hold during a pre-MWC event on February 23, the Mi 10 series launch event was shifted due to GSMA’s decision to cancel this year’s MWC among the coronavirus pandemic. Highly to the relief of Xiaomi’s loyal fanbase, the Chinese phone producer will unveil Mi 10 series in an online event on Friday, March 27.

Those who aren’t willing to wait until the phone hits the store shelves can pre-order the Xiaomi Mi 10 Global Version from Giztop, one of China’s most popular e-tailers. The black-tinted Xiaomi Mi 10 Global Version is estimated to be delivered to the buyers at the beginning of April this year.

Carrying a reasonable $699 price tag, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Global Version will ship with 8GB of RAM and offer 128GB of internal storage space, which is enough for storing all types of multimedia content, including music, videos, pictures, etc. The device sports a 6.67-inch curved AMOLED punch-hole display that offers an impressive refresh rate of 90Hz.

Moreover, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Global Version is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 865 5G processor and packs a competent Adreno 650 GPU for a seamless overall experience. On the photography front, the handset features a quad-camera setup with a 108MP, 13MP, 2MP, and a 2MP camera at the back. Upfront, there’s a 20MP selfie camera.

The dual-SIM smartphone runs MIUI 11 based on the latest Android 10 OS, bringing full-screen gesture support. Aside from that, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Global Version draws its juices from a robust 4780mAh battery that supports fast 30W wired and 30W wireless charging.

Furthermore, it supports multi-functional NFC, HPUE, an IR blaster, 4×4 MIMO and dual-frequency GPS. You can follow this link to check out more details about the Xiaomi Mi 10 Global Version and place your pre-order through Giztop without wasting time.

Avoid WhatsApp scams

WhatsApp Gold- hoax has been around for some time but has recently resurfaced alongside a handful of other scams.

Another message recently circulating on WhatsApp warns users not to watch out for a video called ‘Martinelli’, that will damages phones when watched. The video in question does not seem actually to exist, and if it did, watching videos within WhatsApp itself will not cause malicious software to be installed; the problem starts when messages contain a link to an external web site, that could direct them anywhere–.

A similar hoax also warns about a video called ‘The Dance of the Pope,’ that will allegedly format the victim’s phone. As security expert Graham Cluley said, no such video ever exists, and variations of the same text message have been circulating at least since 2015 to date.

These messages circulate quickly, shared by people who believe they are helping their friends, but only serve to bring confusion and worry.

To fight back this ugly situation, WhatsApp is now testing a fact-checking tool that will enable you to search online for much information and context about the messages you receive. An icon beside forwarded messages also allows you to search for their content on the Google site, which usually helps highlight scams and misinformation given.

Hopefully, this will be an excellent help to stop the spread of these false messages that can spread around the globe as well-meaning people forward them without verifying their validity.


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