The Google Play Store is once again invaded by malicious Android applications. A Sophos survey has revealed 9 apps designed to extort hundreds of euros from internet users. The developers are actually relying on a little free trial period to deceive Android users. We explain to you how this scam works.
Sophos Labs cybersecurity researchers have discovered a huge scam on the Google Play Store . Dozens of utility applications, such as QR codes, editing software or filters, take the opportunity to steal hundreds of euros or dollars from their users. Alerted by Sophos, Google has already eliminated a large part of the fraudulent applications of its shop. Nine applications of the same ilk are still present on the Play Store.
Google Play Store: list of 9 Android apps that scam their users
Once installed on your Android smartphone or tablet, apps will offer you to test their service during a free trial period that typically lasts three days. “The developers are asking you to sign up with payment information so that you can launch the application,” explains Sophos. Once this period is over, developers will charge exorbitant user fees to their users. Sophos evokes prices ranging from 105 € to 220 € . In general, these subscriptions do not cost more than a few euros for a normal utility application.
9 Android apps pinned by Sophos
- Qr Code/ Barcode Maker Scanner Reader
- Faceapp/Facemystery- learn more about yourself
- Recorder video Magic Capture Gameplay
- Ally Video Recorder
- Pey Old Me Face Aging
- Gifmaker Giffre Gifeditor
- Hidephotovideo Calculatorphotovault
- Compasspro Gpscoordinates
- Searchbyimage Reverseimagesearch
According to Sophos, crooks even charge users who have deleted the applications on time. “These applications exist in a gray area,” says the Sophos survey. No malware or malicious code is present in the applications mentioned above. The hackers simply take advantage of the lack of vigilance and attention of Internet users. It is therefore difficult for Google to locate them before users have fallen into the trap.
“With millions of installations, even if a small percentage of users forget to cancel their subscription before the end of the trial period, developers can make a lot of money, ” says Sophos. Before installing an unknown application on your device, we advise you to always take a look at the opinions left by other users . In most cases, testimonials help to understand the trickery.