Alert: Google Again banned more 150 Dangerous Apps which can hack your phone, Delete them now
Google has banned 150 more dangerous apps from the Google Play Store. These 150 Malicious SMS Scam Apps on Play Store were part of a campaign called UltimaSMS, in which malicious actors make victims sign up for expensive premium SMS services that earn them money while ultimately causing huge losses to the victims. Avast says that these apps have been downloaded more than 10.5 million times from the Google Play Store.
The worrying thing about the UltimaSMS scam campaign is that it is not limited to any country or topography. It is spread among the most affected countries across the world with Android users in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, USA, and Poland.
How these SMS Scam apps work:
According to Avast, when a user downloads these apps from the Google Play Store, the app checks their location, IMEI number, and phone number to determine which country’s area code and language is used for the scam. have to use. Once the user opens the app, a screen in their device’s local language is set to prompt them to enter their phone number.
After entering all the details, the user subscribes to premium SMS services which can charge more than $40 (Rs 2,997) per month depending on the country and mobile carrier. After that, the app stops working completely. The purpose of this app is only to take money from people. Once the payment is made, the app stops working.
How to avoid malicious apps found on Google Play Store:
1. Disable the premium SMS option with your carrier. Disabling this option will eliminate UltimaSMS spam.
2. Check the review before downloading the app. There you will understand whether the app is fake or right.
3. Do not enter a phone number unless you trust the app.
4. Before entering the details, read the details of the app from the App Store thoroughly.
5. Download apps from Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store itself.