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WhatsApp will now notify you when you receive potentially dangerous messages

The latest version of the WhatsApp beta has something new: a feature that will alert you when you receive a message forwarded from another chat. This will make it much easier for you to spot spam messages and potential scams.

Specifically, the notice will appear at the top of the message, with a little arrow pointing it out:

If you use WhatsApp often, you will no doubt be familiar with messages advising you to click a link unless you want to start paying for WhatsApp. Or messages that offer free trials of Netflix if you click a link and input your data.

All these messages are traps designed to steal your info. The new warning will show that these messages are a part of a chain, alerting you to the potential scam. The notification will simply highlight that message has been forwarded so you might also see it if somebody passes you a funny meme, highlights a news story, or is spreading the latest viral phenomenon.

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For now, this feature is only available in the beta version of WhatsApp, but it is expected to get a wider roll out soon.

 

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