Be careful, Android users, these 151 apps are at risk for you, delete them immediately.
New Delhi. Cyber fraud is rampant these days. Consumer fraud is on the rise due to malicious and malware apps. Although Apple and Google are constantly trying to remove this type of app, this type of app is still coming back to the App Store. Cybersecurity software company Avast recently found that the premium SMS fraud scheme contained 151 Android apps. The Ultima SMS Scheme campaign used a fake Android app to register users for the SMS service.
Millions of users downloaded apps.
Let me tell you that these 151 fraud apps were downloaded by more than 15 million people in more than 80 countries around the world. It used a variety of apps, including custom keyboards, QR code scanners, video and photo editing programs, call blocks and games.
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All of these apps used the same pattern which includes post download, area code, phone location for language determination, IMEI number and phone number verification.
What is fraud?
The fraud involved users using phone numbers and sign-in for their email addresses. This information has been used to sign up for the premium SMS service without the consent of the users. This type of charge is about ً 40, which means about Rs. 3,000 per month.
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After targeting users, the app stops working or offers new subscription options. The point is, if a user uninstalls these programs, they will be charged a membership fee for which they signed up.
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All 151 apps that were part of the fraud are in Avast’s report. These users have installed in their smartphones, if you have installed this type of smartphone apps then they should be uninstalled immediately. At the same time, check your bank’s debit card or credit card for any different charges or expenses.
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