WhatsApp Gold is not the official version released by WhatsApp. Many people have downloaded it, thinking it can make their current WhatsApp program more powerful. It claims to offer extra features such as send podcast or video files that is of very large size, make free calls, and customize the WhatsApp themes. It claims that the green WhatsApp icon will convert into a gold WhatsApp icon after installation.
No one knows how many people have been tricked into downloaded the scam WhatsApp program. According to the invitation message, the app is supposedly the version that is being used by celebrities. The WhatsApp Gold scam app is similar as the WhatsApp Plus app scam that exist some time ago. Facebook has also banned users that download the WhatsApp Plus scam app.
WhatsApp Gold is not found on Google Play or iOS store and users only receive the download through SMS message on their mobile device. Upon clicking the link in the invitation message, you will be redirected to an error 404 page. The source code used in the WhatsApp Gold scam app is not safe. If you enter your personal information in the application, there is a chance that your personal information will be sent to third parties who may use them for illegal means.
The company claim that they do not send messages to users by themselves. Instead, users have to contact them through the official email before they will send a response. As a rule of thumb, you must never click through any link in a message that claim itself to be associated with WhatsApp.
You must take note of scam messages that promise a reward when you help them by doing a favor to forward the message to your friends. You can also protect yourself by not downloading third party software that are created in conjunction with WhatsApp, for example an app that gives you the ability to spy on friends on WhatsApp.