Beware Smart Phone Users! 'Fake WhatsApp' Found On Google Play Store

06 November, 2017, 03:29 | Author: Pamela Mathis

Multiple fake versions of WhatsApp are on the Google Play Store, according to a report by Fortune. The fake app named "Update WhatsApp" is available on Google Play Store and its objective is to trick users into downloading it. This could contain arbitrary code that users had not opted to run on their devices.

Different users on Reddit and Twitter pointed out that instead of being a chat app, Update WhatsApp was an ad-scrapper app that aimed to earn clicks and fraudulent revenue.

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It's time! Our friends across the Tasman sea can, as of the latest update to Google's survey app, Opinion Rewards, start earning Google Play credit for simply responding to surveys. The app also had a blank icon and no title, which is also very suspect. To get on-board simply download the app from Google Play, follow the on-boarding process and start answering surveys. "IT'S FAKE! WhatsApp Business is not officially available yet for all", the WABetaInfo tweeted. The system failure occured temporarily on Friday, November 3 across Europe, Pakistan, Iraq, Singapore and India, where about 200 million of the app's users come from. Further down the line, the app was removed from Google Play, and the developer account was suspended for violating the policies. The update has been expected after the app refused to send or receive messages as well as the persistent "connecting" indication. The bogus app, which was apparently developed by a company calling itself "Whasp". A Google spokesperson later confirmed that the app was removed from Google's platforms.

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