Malware and dangerous applications are very common these days. Despite the efforts of Apple and Google to remove these apps, they sometimes resurface on their respective app stores. Avast, a cybersecurity software vendor, recently discovered that 151 Android apps were involved in a premium SMS fraud scheme. UltimaSMS was a scam campaign that used bogus Android apps to sign consumers up for expensive SMS services.
These malicious apps used prompts to ask users for their phone number and sometimes their email address. This information is then used to subscribe the user to premium SMS services without their knowledge. These fees are around $ 40 (around Rs 3,000) or more per month.
These 151 bogus apps have been downloaded over 10.5 million times in over 80 different countries. Apps disguised themselves as tools in several categories such as custom keyboards, QR code scanners, video and photo editing apps, call blockers, games, and more. Each of these apps followed the same pattern: once installed, the location of the smartphone, IMEI number, and phone number are checked to find out which area code and language to use.
Now apps stop working or give users more subscription options after tricking them. The main issue here is that even if a user uninstalls these apps, they will still be charged the subscription fees they were signed up for. Google cuts Play Store fees in half for subscription apps. Kicks in January. Telegram Clocks 1 billion Android installs after gaining new users after Facebook crash. Avast, in its report, created a list of the 151 apps that are part of it. Users who have these apps on their smartphones are advised to remove them immediately and check their bank / credit card statements for any unusual charges. All 151 apps are mentioned here so you can see if you have them.
Summary of the news:
- Android users, take note! Remove any of these 151 apps from your phone now – that’s why
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