Fraudulent British app seller fined $78,000 and told to refund money
The scam was not limited to U.K. Android users as it covered 18 countries. U.K. regulator PhonepayPlus fined A1 Agregator £50,000 ($78,000 approximately) and ordered the company to make refunds to all victims within three months, even those that did not complain. The company is now banned from operating any kind of premium rate service in the U.K. with out permission from PhonepayPlus. The good news is that the regulators acted so quickly that none of the £27,850 collected had reached the criminals' vault.
1. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
This is what happen when you have an Android.
Its not secure at all.
2. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
No, this is what happens when you have an Android and don't buy apps through the ANDROID PLAY STORE.
Think of it this way:
You go to the doctor. He tells you that you have high blood pressure and need to take medication X.
You go to CVS. Medication X costs $100. You don't want to pay $100.
You walk to the closest street corner and ask a man with three teeth if he has medication X. He does! It's $1!
3. QinEmpire (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)
Yeah but without Android's failed model would the user even get tricked? Look at IOS, look at windows phone.
4. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
Whach this video since 3:38 and then try again to talk about iOS security...
6. Quezdagreat (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
its easily to tell its fake because it says untitled when it would say apple
11. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
So for iOS it isn't big thing?
But when careless Android users download apps from untrusted sources and gets malware, then it is a big thing and it is Androids fault?
14. Quezdagreat (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Yes it is android fault, they should not allow third party app stores in the first place. That's why apple has so many restrictions so things like this cant happen. I call that protecting your product
15. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"they should not allow third party app stores"
Why they should not allow third party app stores? Not all third party app stores are full of scam and or malware so there is no reason to not allow them. User also have to take part of responsibility!
"That's why apple has so many restrictions so things like this cant happen. I call that protecting your product"
If Apple is not allowing third party app stores, then I call it monopolization!
16. Quezdagreat (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
They dont need to allow third party store, it's their product. If they wanted to make money from their apps, why won't they just submit it to google or whoever handles their app store. I bet the majority of android users dont buy apps froms third party stores, and I they probably don't know any of them exist.
17. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
"I bet the majority of android users dont buy apps froms third party stores, and I they probably don't know any of them exist."
So if you say that majority of Android users even don't know about the third party app stores then there is no reason to not allow thous app stores because no one knows about them and it is not a big thing at all, right ?
But you still say that it is Androids fault, so how Android should prevent this minority of Androids users from downloading apps from third party app stores? How and in which way in your opinion Android should prevent that ?
18. Quezdagreat (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
Obiviously they can't do anything about it now. They should have thought about it before they release their first phone.
20. Quezdagreat (Posts: 378; Member since: 05 Apr 2012)
I'll try. I think that they should've not made their phone so much like a pc. You can download anything to your phone from the mobile web browser to your phone. Just like a pc you can end up downloading something that could damage your device. Security wise, I think apple made a good decision by not making that possible on ios.
21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
And you think that it is right solution?
5. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
Failed model? They are buying from third party app stores.
There is little Android can do to prevent that other than specifically warning you when you tell the phone to allow you to install third party apps that it MAY HARM YOUR PHONE.
Go back to my analogy for a moment:
The "Apple" doctor FORCES the medication down your throat in his office to make sure you don't buy from the dude on the corner. Sure, we know you aren't buying meds from the dude on the corner with three teeth, but do you really want your doctor FORCING medication down your throat?
The "Android" doctor says "Look man, this medication in my hand is not going to have any side effects. You are welcome to take it, or you can buy from the dude on the corner with three teeth. He may have a better price but i'm giving you FAIR WARNING his medication may kill you."
I'll take fair warning over force any day of the week.
7. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
Lol @iamcc. Why are you giving such lengthy replies to a troll comment?
9. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
why waist the energy? iam, your first comment was more than enough to make the point. if the troll is too stupid to get it, its too stupid to get it. lol.
this troll would go back to the doctor and blame him for the bad drugs he got from the drug dealer, which is essentially what his argument is.
oooooh choice.. bad.. we must conform!! oooooh.
10. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I was just bored at work, can't help myself sometimes.
8. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid (Posts: 117; Member since: 02 Jan 2012)
I expected taco50 or Gallito here to spread their knowledge on how Android is full of malware, but look who we have here.
12. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 4579; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
No, taco50 and gallitoking are on other page trying to prove that I can't read and comment on Apple news because I hate Apple...
"Tim Cook's more communicative, amicable personality is transforming Apple's image"