MessageMe: Warnings that it is sending out spam virus is a hoax and untrue

The makers of instant messaging app, MessageMe, said on Tuesday that an SMS making its rounds, including here in Singapore, warning users that it is sending out a "spam virus", is a hoax.-- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB OF MESSAGEME POST ON FACEBOOK
The makers of instant messaging app, MessageMe, said on Tuesday that an SMS making its rounds, including here in Singapore, warning users that it is sending out a "spam virus", is a hoax.-- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB OF MESSAGEME POST ON FACEBOOK

The makers of instant messaging app, MessageMe, said on Tuesday that an SMS making its rounds, including here in Singapore, warning users that it is sending out a "spam virus", is a hoax.

The US-based company issued a statement on its Facebook page saying that a text message suggesting that it is sending out spam SMS invites with the intent to compromise user data is "entire untrue".

On Monday, local technology forums and social media platforms were abuzz about the hoax message, which also claimed that clicking on the link from invites sent directly MessageMe will cause a user to send out SMS invites to all their contacts, depleting their SMS quotas.

"Your privacy is of utmost importance," the company said. "Any texts you receive to join MessageMe will be from one of your personal contacts, that has specifically sent you an invitation," it said, apologising for any confusion.

Many on forums and social media had also complained that they been hit with a flood of messages from MessageMe, asking them to sign up for the app on the pretext that a friend had done so. The link attached sends users to the app's iTunes store or Google Play page.

The company did not address why users had been receiving these multiple notifications, often from strangers. When contacted by The Straits Times, it also did not immediately respond to queries on the spam invites.