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Got a Whatsapp request on Facebook? Don’t open it

If one of your friends sends you a Facebook request asking you to connect on Facebook don’t open it. It’s spam of the very worst kind.

The request seems fairly legitimate in its design, but if you actually take a look at the URL it leads you to, there’s absolutely no evidence that the product has any ties to the mobile messaging service.

According to The Next Web, the goal of the scam is to get hold of your Facebook information. From there it will spread to all your friends.

And just to make doubly sure you don’t click on anything purporting to be from Whatsapp, you should be aware that the company doesn’t actually have a Facebook app. Not that there aren’t a slew of pretenders out there:

Author | Stuart Thomas

Stuart Thomas
Stuart is the editor-in-chief of Engage Me Online. After pursuing an MA in South African literature, he spent five years reporting on the global technology scene. Intrigued by the intersection of technology and work, he joined Engage Me as the editor-in-chief. He is a passionate runner, and recently ran... More
  • wow. thats a lot of fakes

  • Is there a way to get rid of it? I blocked it? but are there more steps to follow?

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  • Mirainashe

    I have to agree to that. Android phones are only efficient from the 1GB RAM variety. The lower specced phones are notoriously slow and will constantly crash of multi tasking becomes extensive. I thought you’d highlight this as WP’s strong point. The devices are on the whole smooth from the low end to high end

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    In fact, in both opening and resuming apps (granted, resuming is a bit different on Android than Windows Phone), my single-core Xperia tipo with its 800MHz Cortex-A5 CPU and 512MB of RAM was often faster than the Lumia 520 that I had. This is seriously a problem in Windows Phone. While switching itself between the last two three apps is fast, resuming apps and starting them up for the first time on Windows Phone is often slow on the low-end.

    But overall, with the smoother UI and lag-free general operation, Windows Phone surely is a step ahead of low-end Android devices.

  • apflac

    Yup that is right what i really love about WP is it’s somehow uniform performance on all devices

  • roger

    Can somebody recommend a good midrange Windows 8.1 phone? Google totally wrecked Android with KitKat and its stance on external memory. I’m beyond pissed off and currently boxing a Moto G LTE back up. Thanks.

  • Get the Lumia 1320. It will be upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1 soon. It has extremely long battery life. Or wait for the Lumia 730.

  • Agreed!

  • Drew

    Great article, really has me thinking. I finally just recently bought Windows 8.1 for my PC and now I want to switch from Android to a Windows phone. I can’t believe I am saying that either. I have been a die-hard Android fan forever but I’ve started to grow tired of it. Windows 8.1 really is great. People really don’t give it enough credit.

  • Republican_X

    Too bad WP app selection is nothing short of pathetic. I am really regretting choosing the Nokia Icon. While the OS is gorgeous and many of the features are great there are many negatives to WP. Namely the MAPS. Google Maps spoiled me. Bing Maps flat out sucks as does the available MapQuest and Waze apps.
    I plan to stick it out for my 2 year sentence but if there is not significant app dev I will be going back to Android.

  • aryan

    use here maps


    Here Drive never fail me…

  • Cally Trask

    You mean to say there is no way to use Google Maps on a Lumia icon?? Get serious!

  • Gareth David

    I don’t use bing maps either, I use Here Maps from Nokia on my Lumia 920, personally much better than google maps.

  • Gareth David

    Looking forward to WP 8.1, even my WP 8 experience has been spectacular, never want an Android or iOS device ever again. Some will complain but the WP store doesn’t have 800 000 apps. Not sure about you but I never used all 800 000 apps, not intending to and besides, all the apps I need is generally available on WP.

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