NO, WhatsApp is not about to start charging.
If you’ve received a message saying otherwise over the past few weeks, it’s likely that you are part of a scam
Many people have received a text message claiming to be from WhatsApp
Crooks are using fake WhatsApp texta to snare unsuspecting Users
Potential victims receive a notification claiming that the phone owner’s subscription has “expired” and they must pay 99p to continue using the service.
When the app first launched in 2010, it did charge a 99p fee after a year’s free use – but it has since been scrapped.
Now it appears a criminal gang have nabbed a contact book of British phone numbers and have created an elaborate scam to fool the masses.
There have been several reports of the message since April.
It states: “Your subscription has expired.
“To verify your account and purchase a lifetime subscription for just 0.99 GDP simply tap on this link…”
A similar scam swept the nation in 2016, but it appears the crooks are at it again.
Make sure to delete the message straight away and run an antivirus if you clicked on the link.
Antivirus software can be bought from the Apple or Google Play store.