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    WhatsApp hoax message that claims “Martinelli” video will wipe your phone isn’t a complete fake – here’s what to do if you get it

    A DODGY WhatsApp message warning users of a video called “Martinelli ” that wipes your phone is spreading like wildfire and could wind up in your inbox today.
    The text has been debunked as a hoax – but unfortunately there is some truth to it.
    The dodgy message began circulating in Spanish, before a poorly translated English version started doing the rounds.
    It reads: “Warning from An Garda. An IT expert has advised that a video comes out tomorrow from WhatsApp called Martinelli do not open it, it hacks your phone and nothing will fix it. Spread the word.”
    There’s no such thing as a “Martinelli” video, as confirmed by Spain’s Policia Nacional in a tweet.
    They quote website Computer Hoy which claims Martinelli is “bulo”, which translates to unfounded rumour in English.
    But a longer version of the message is also being shared on WhatsApp and other social media, and it contains an element of truth.
    It adds: “If you receive a message to update the Whatsapp to Whatsapp Gold, do not click !!!!!
    “Now said on the news this virus is difficult and severe. Pass it on to all.”
    The “WhatsApp Gold” the text refers to is a fake version of the app, which was touted as an invitation-only download back in 2016.
    Back then, users were enticed with the promise of new features, including the ability to send 100 pictures at once.

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