- A WhatsApp message warns of Tobias Mathis
- The contact is supposed to destroy the mobile phone’s hard drive
- Why Tobias Mathis is harmless
- What should you do now
Many WhatsApp users are currently receiving a message that they should not accept the “Tobias Mathis” contact. You should warn everyone on your WhatsUp list of this. Because: It is a virus that destroys the entire hard drive. The full message:
“URGENT!!!! Tell everyone on your WhatsUp list that they should not accept the “Tobias Mathis” contact! This is a virus (via WhatsUp) that destroys the entire hard drive and extracts the data. If one of your contacts catches it, it will also affect you because it eats through the list! If the number 01719626509 calls you, don’t pick it up! He is a hacker and all your contacts will be affected too. It has also been confirmed by EUROP1 and SAT1 this morning! Ahead! “
Does the WhatsApp virus destroy the phone’s hard drive?
The WahtsApp chain letter is not new. Almost exactly a year ago, almost the same wording was used to warn against Ute Lehr. In 2019, it was not the first time that this chain letter reached many WhatsApp users. It was seen on Facebook as early as 2011. At that time, the alleged virus distributor was named Moritz Häupl or Christian Wick.
Don’t be afraid of Tobias Mathis
Can a virus really “eat” its way through your WhatsApp contact list and destroy your hard drive? No, it is not that simple. The message is just a chain letter, a hoax. And without viruses. As a result, Tobias Mathis cannot destroy the mobile phone’s hard drive or download data. Claims that broadcasters like EUROP1 and Sat1 have confirmed this also come out of nowhere.
Don’t resend message
If you have received this or a similar message from one of your contacts via WhatsApp, please do not forward it. Because this is how you make your contacts unsure. And if that message comes from you as a friend or family member, it seems more credible. We recommend: delete the message and block the contact if it is unknown. If the message comes from a friend, you must inform him about the false report.