Google has removed 28 fake apps with collective installations of over 48,000 from its Play Store after a report from Quick Heal Security Lab. The security firm pointed out that all the apps were made by the same developer, ‘Sarvesh Developer’.These include apps like Virtual Data, Mini Wallet, Gold Loan, Love Lifafa, Chit Funds, and more. According to a Quick Heal blog post, the apps “do not have any legitimate functionality related to App name”.
For instance, in the description of one such app called “Credit Card Process” was mentioned that it is to “provide credit card process”. However, the app did not actually include any information related to the credit card process. “Home Load Advisor” app is another such example.
The apps promised money to its users in their Paytm account when they completed certain tasks like click on ads, download apps, etc.In notification windows, one of the apps would show a message to user, “Because of some issues payment was not done, today everyone will get the payment”. The message was in Hindi, and Quick Heal report says the developer could be Indian.
Several users pointed out on the comments sections of the fake apps that the money did not get transferred to their account. The fake apps with malware were variants of Android.Fakeapp.A. The most downloaded app was Virtual Data with over 10,000 downloads, followed by Bike insurance Advisor, Health Cover and Chit Funds with more than 5,000 downloads each.
Quick Heal says users should always check an app’s description before downloading it, along with checking the app developer’s name and their website. Users must also go through the reviews and ratings of the app, though at times companies can get fake reviews. Users should also avoid downloading apps from third-party app stores and instead stick with the Google Play Store app.
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