To prank WhatsApp messages you need some information:
Until recently, this password was just an MD5 hash of your IMEI (or MAC address), but that has changed when that was uncovered. Since then, the WhatsApp server assigns a password to each device/account when it first registers.
There are many ways to sniff the WhatsApp password, maybe you capture the WhatsApp password of your WhatsApp account using the SSL/TLS proxy mitmproxy or if you are a windows guru check out MissVenom. Once you have this password, you can prank and receive WhatsApp messages from any third person directly from the WhatsApp servers.
As we mention in the point above, you can use your favorite sniffing tool to get the unique ID (also called IMEI). If you have directly access to the device, maybe you can grab this from the senders device in Settings / About device / Status.
This tutorial uses a man-in-the-middle attack to intercept the communication between your phone and the WhatsApp servers. To do so, you have to redirect all the traffic from your phone to your Linux machine running mitmproxy (by changing your phone default gateway). Mitmproxy, a man-in-the-middle proxy application will then display all of your phone HTTP(S) request/responses. While mitmproxy is running, you then need to wipe all of your WhatsApp user data from your phone and set it up as if you were a new user, so that you can sniff into the conversation of your phone and the WhatsApp servers while the WhatsApp account password is exchanged.
Don't worry. It sounds more complicated than it is and your WhatsApp will just look the same afterwards. Here is a step-by-step: