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A fake and possibly malicious version of WhatsApp app has been spotted on Google Play. The app, named “Update WhatsApp Messenger” with developer name as “WhatsApp Inc*’, mimics the color theme and overall look and feel of the original app.

When IANS checked it on the Play Store, it found the app has been downloaded up to 5,000 times. There is another version of the same name which has a million downloads. The original WhatsApp has 1 billion downloads.

The existence of the shady software was first highlighted by the popular WhatsApp change tracking website WABetaInfo, via Twitter user @MujtabaMHaq, IB Times reported late on Thursday.

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