Request from Whatsapp to Forward Messages to Friends-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
This appears to be an authentic looking message from the founder of Whatsapp, David D. Suretech that requests active users to forward the message to every person on their contacts list. The message warns inactive users of the loss of all contact information and charges of 36 cents per message.
TruthOrFiction.com contacted Whatsapp and a spokesperson told us that this is a hoax.
Whatsapp is a European based instant messaging service that was recently purchased by Facebook for $19 Billion. This according to a February 19, 2014 article by the Wall Street Journal.
According to the company profile in Bloomberg Businessweek, the founder and CEO of the company is Jan Koum and Brian Actorn is the co-founder. Any other names in such an email would be a good indication that it is a hoax.
Whatsapp advised users who got this message to “please disregard the message and do not resend it.” The spokesperson also told us that the company does not use WhatsApp to mass message their customers. Whatsapp will not send messages advertising gifts nor ask anyone to forward a message to contacts. WhatsApp works on a yearly service subscription, which includes all of our features, such as messages and multimedia. WhatsApp offers a one-year free trial period and when it expires the annual subscription fee is ninety-nine cents.
A message from Whatsapp
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. If you do not send this message to all your contacts to WhatsApp, then your account will remain inactive with the consequence of losing all your contacts. The automatic update symbol on your SmartPhone Will appear with the transmission of this message. Your smartphone will be updated within 24 hours, and will feature a new design; a new color for the chat and the icon will change from green to azul. Whatsapp will begin to charge unless you are a frequent user. If you have at least 10 contacts send this sms and the logo will become red on your platform to indicate that you are an active user. Tomorrow, we will begin to take messages for whatsapp for 0.37 cents. Forward this message to more than 9 people in your contact list and the what’s app logo on your will turn blue meaning that you have
Become a free user for life.
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 calling for free version 4.0.0