WhatsApp users targeted with a shutdown message

By on January 16, 2012
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Increasingly popular cross-platform messaging app is the target of a hoax.


WhatsApp, the extremely popular cross-device messaging platform that works on the iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Symbian and Windows Phone has become the target of a hoax. The two messages circulating amongst it’s various users are as follows:

WhatsApp is going to cost us money soon. The only way that it will stay free is if you are a frequent user i.e. you have at least 10 people you are chatting with. To become a frequent user send this message to 10 people who receive it (2 ticks) and your WhatsApp logo should turn Red to indicate a frequent user.


“Whatsapp is shutting down on 28th jan Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp) we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill. We are also aware of the issue involving the pictures updates not showing. We are working diligently at fixing this problem and it will be up and running as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation from the Whatsapp team”

WhatsApp posted a message on it’s official blog stating that these messages are a hoax and there is no truth to them. So if you’re a WhatsApp user and have received any of the above two messages, please do not forward it to everyone on your list. Simply chuck it.


Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

  • Ibrahimrasheed52

    Thanks :p i knew it and i didn’t passed to anyone.

  • knomad

    I don’t use WhatsApp but been getting a lot of these in hotmail, I don’t blame the ones who created them, its those idiots who pass them around, I even received some from computer professionals!

  • Bartart69

    Spam spam glorious spam its all over the place

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