IN SHORT: Sending a “good morning” message via WhatsApp is harmless and we can prove it. So don’t fall for this old hoax, which claims that doing this can give hackers access to your personal information.
It says: “Dear friends, please delete all welcome photos and videos in Good Morning format and the like.”
The message asks readers to “read below the article to the end”, then says that hackers in China have designed good morning images and videos so that phishing codes can be stored inside them.
“When everyone sends these messages, the hackers use your devices to steal personal information, such as bank card information and data to crack the phone,” the message warns.
But is this claim actually true? We investigated.
No evidence for the claim
The message claims that this warning was reported by the Shanghai China International News, but we could find no trace that such an organisation even exists.
There’s also no official report or blog post about this type of phishing by WhatsApp or any other social media platform.
How to spot WhatsApp misinformation
There are clues social media users can look out for to see if forwarded claims, like this one, are potentially false.
WhatsApp advises that users look for red flags like spelling errors or grammatical mistakes, if the message is asking for personal information, or if it’s asking you to forward a message.
To protect yourself against misinformation on the platform, see our guide on five steps to fight fake news and false information on WhatsApp.
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