Lures you into a ZAR 7 a day dating site
Here at GoMo Towers we received what initially appeared to be a rather innocuous request for publicity for a South African web site which you can find here. It seemed to be offering Whatsapp-like messaging facilities to those who are unable to load the official WhatsApp mobile app. However, on closer inspection this whole thing appears to be some kind of scam from an individual who is attempting to persuade South Africans to sign up to a dating site. The dating site in question is Vaaloo.com and the site does appear to be operated by a Spanish based company called Flexiba. If you want to sign up for a dating service – fine. But this doesn’t look to have anything to do with Whatsapp.
The first web page we were directed to was for a site calling itself ”WhatsApp – about worldwide free download of Whatsapp and free Whatsapp info.”
It is also blatantly offering a “Free Whatsapp download in South Africa”. It then entices surfers to provide their ‘cell phone’ [mobile phone] number.
Given that we don’t have a South African SIM card we have no idea exactly what happens next.
We did see a page that suggested we would be downloading a Whatsapp-alike mobile app but there was no indication which mobile OS are supported.
Nor what the actual app is called. [We contacted the email address given but have received no reply to date.]
Instead, we strongly suspect you end up signing yourself up to the Vaaloo.com site. This costs ZAR 7 per day which is equivalent to 45 pence or 71 cents a day.
Which is fine if you manage to meet a young lady as nice as the one advertised on the site as above.
However, if you sign up fully expecting to download a free instant messaging (IM) app, then you’re in trouble.
Our advice if you’ve fallen for the scam would be to send the word STOP as a text/SMS to 33718 (or whatever number you receive the URL from) otherwise you’ll find yourself rapidly out of pocket.
You can bet that WhatsApp won’t be too happy about this.
GoMo News’ advice is to only download WhatsApp from an official and recognised app store such as Google’s Play; Apple’s iTunes; or Nokia’s Ovi.