GOOGLE has erased 13 apps from an app store for Android phones – after it's turned out they have scams set up to strain users' wallets.
The apps were also created as video games, but a malicious reality designed to show you advertisements when you unlock your phone.
The incredible apps were first uploaded to Lukas Stefanko, security researcher in ESET.
He saw more than a dozen apps in the official Google Play Store, created by a mysterious developer of the name Luiz Pinto.
With each other, the apps had been installed on Android devices more than 560,000 times.
And according to Stefanko, the apps did not have "any legal function".
The movie games included "Truck Cargo Simulator" and "Driving Car Extreme", but none of them actually worked.
Stefanko said, after launching, the app would hide itself.
Then the app would download an additional APK – the file type for Android phone apps – and make the user install.
This new APK is called Game Center, and it would also hide itself.
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Then whenever you unlock the device, it would display advertisements.
This would almost certainly generate cash for the app developer – at your expense.
Google spokesman told The Sun that the apps had been removed from the Google Play Store.
"Our main priority is to provide a safe user experience," explained the spokesman.
"We appreciate the researcher's report and their efforts to help make Google Play safer.
"The apps have broken our policies and have been removed from the Play Store."
If you have downloaded any of the following apps, we recommend them to be de-texted now:
- Cargo Truck Mover
- Elegant Car Driving
- City Traffic Motorcycle Rally
- Moto Cross Eithafol
- Simulator Gyrru Hyper Car
- Exit Car Driver Emulator
- Firefighter – Fire Truck Simulator
- Car Driver Emulator
- Driving Extreme Play Car
- Simulation Drive SUV 4×4
- Luxury Car Parking
- Luxury Car SUV Traffic
- SUV City Climbing Park
The easiest way to see the apps is if they were created by Luiz O Pinto.
Have you noticed any convincing smart scams recently? Let's know in the comments!
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