Angry Birds and other Rovio games impersonated by Android Market scammers

Angry Birds and other Rovio games impersonated by Android Market scammers
Earlier today scammers attempted to take advantage of consumers in the Android Market. The good news is that Google acted quickly and has already removed the offending apps, but this still provides a cautionary tale on protecting yourself when you purchase apps.
The scammers used the name “Rovio” rather than “Rovio Mobile Ltd.”, and created app names that were similar to legitimate games, like “Angry Birds 3D”. Individuals who bought the fake game were left with non-working apps and were initially unable to get a refund (although we imagine Google will step in here to set things right).

Not everyone can be expected to memorize the names of the legitimate companies (especially if you’re new to buying apps for a smartphone), so here are a couple of things to keep in mind if you’re concerned that an app may not be legitimate:

  1. Check Reviews: They are there for a reason. If something is a scam it’s likely that people who have been burned will leave comments to that effect.
  2. Check Permissions: If you are downloading a flashlight app but the permissions ask for access to your personal information and to read and write to your contacts list, something’s probably amiss.
  3. Check out the number of times an app has been downloaded. If you are getting an app (like Angry Birds) that is supposed to be a huge hit, but it’s only been downloaded a couple thousand times, something stinks.

Checking just these basic things should protect you against most scams and malware, but it’s worth noting that if you are really concerned about scams (and less concerned about openness) you can get your apps from the Amazon App Store. Amazon's store has fewer apps available, but they spend more time vetting them so there’s less chance of getting scammed there.

source: the gadgets via Tech Crunch



1. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

THIS IS NOT A PROBLEM iphonearena. Stop posting bad news about android. Us intelligent fandroids hate that.

2. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Sarcasm. lol

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol taco50, you are completely nuts! All hope for you is lost. At least you are entertaining.

11. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

He is kinda right this time. Now there\'s a problem with android. And you just ignore it. You forget it even existed, cause you\'ve never seen such kind of app.

14. SleepingOz unregistered

This article has just been posted 30mins ago. How can you say that we're ignoring it? And yeah, there was a problem with the Android Market but Google acted quickly to fix it! Not like the battery drainage, no sim, icloud id and other issues with the iphone that apple did not acknowledge yet and would propably not.

16. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Mhh maybe not rly ignored it. Ignored in the sentence of a month later you wouldn't even know it happened. And yes Google acted quickly and yes all credit to them. gj google. But if google did this why would you assume apple didn't cause the next thing you say is... Not like the battery drainage. So you assume it's on every device. wrong. no sim, icloud and other issues. They did acknowledge the battery issue. So again you're wrong. About the other bugs idk. But you assume that making a patch to fix this with in a day is going to help this? A bug fix is more complicated then it seems. At least they acknowledged and just like google they try to fix it. But you know apple enouph, there's no rush if they do it good it takes some time. Even if two patches are not enouph.

31. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

This isn\'t a problem with Android so much as a problem with Google. Google is responsible for Android and should put in a little more effort to screen apps better.

12. dahaka17

Posts: 61; Member since: Jun 08, 2010

nice troll attempt taco this is a market scam not a virus and its fixed... now if this had happened to apple, apple would say thier is not an issue and that you are buying your apps wrong.. Do you ever stop to think what it might be to like to NOT be a d bag 27-7

13. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

He isn't trolling. It's a mere attempt to troll, but not a heavy troll idd. Now don't use the word "if" so much. Some people translate "if" in "if is the thruth and it's already happening". Were did he say it was a virus? he said a problem. It's humor, sarcastic humor.

23. choupino

Posts: 69; Member since: May 28, 2011

Taco50 is a WOMAN... Lol

25. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

He wishes he was a woman. That would make his lack of masculinity acceptable. Truth is he's just a pathetic man.

32. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Wait, an attempt at trolling isn\'t trolling?

3. LordBonztie

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 14, 2011

why would this show up in the market in the first place? google allows or they can discard uploaded apps or they should review or test the apps themselves first before they allow it to be published or uploaded in the market.

4. imkyle

Posts: 1114; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

I agree. Google needs to better monitor what apps it approves of before going into the market.

28. JeffdaBeat unregistered

While I absolutely want Android to keep the market open to different kinds of apps and letting the consumer decide what's appropriate or not, I do think they should be testing each app to be sure they do what they say they do (run on sentence). And test them to be sure they aren't buggy. I think Android could have a pretty legit app store if these were in place. Apps should misrepresent themselves to the consumer.

6. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Well apple started to test all there apps a long time before the android app store even launched. There is a higher standard for ios apps (fact). Oh yes I just said new information for you. (cough, cough). Now comment on this I think you gonna say that your apps are of course perfect (better quality), you haven\'t seen ever a fake app, etc. So I\'d say of course you didn\'t. Then you\'re lucky. And in case you will say wrong informaiton about the app store. It does have also like android reviews so you could see if this app is worth installing.

5. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ok now i know why the Android market will surpass the Apple store by 2017... with 10 diff version of Angry birds, and all the angry farms animals... hmmmm

10. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Open source is the best, isn\'t it? Better quality. More free apps (yeah right), more apps to chose from in 2017. 10 diff versions of angry birds (classic version). Whoever thinks this. I would recommanded stop using windows and use Linus instead. It\'s open source. The customazation lvl of an android phone (even more, trust me). Cause that is what rly counts. Use some sort of program so you can use windows and linux (ubuntu) together. Oh yeah it\'s a total free OS. No viruses.

17. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Android market will actually have surpassed ios app store within a few months,however good news for apple fans: "the quantity and quality of fart apps on apples app store will never be surpassed"

20. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

They will never surpassed ios app store not even close. Brainwashed by the samsung ad? It just said that there is a good junk of apps both available for ios and android market.

29. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

lets ignore the facts that android has way more junk apps and pretend ios has more junk apps. Android has no approval process so it has way more junk in the market

30. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I don't think the Android Market surpassing the AppStore is really all that important since the number of apps are in the hundreds of thousands. The fact is, Google needs to implement some kind of approval or testing system for all apps. And for them to ignore this for the last 3 years is kinda f'ed up! Dont get me wrong, I really like my phone and will be getting another Android device later, but it would be nice if Google helped to protect their own platform instead of putting it all in the hands of the consumers.

7. iKingTrust

Posts: 716; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Oh no Droid! lol

8. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Oh imagine if this problem was for apple. Overflow of hate comments. Follow your brand blindly I would say.

15. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

Oh look, more rogue apps crawling up onto the market. Gee, Google sure learned their lesson last time.

18. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Of course the most rogue app on ios being that fromapple itself continually monitoring and tracking its users locations and also alerting apple store sales staff which members of the public are susceptible vulnerable to be made buy more apple products once they enter the apple store dungeon.

26. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Last time... what? Last time this happened where some malware or whatever made it's way onto the market and was removed? Yeah, that sure was terrible.

19. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Tacohunter can you just please stop posting? You're giving me a headache. Your words are like nails on a chalkboard. And pick an original username, we already have a taco.

21. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Yes I couldn't find an original name. Is it to complicated for you? To much new information? Happy Huntings.

22. robinrisk unregistered

He is even more obnoxious than Taco! Taco is at least fun. TacoHunter sees himself as some kind of white knight that helps sort out flame wars. Get over yourself dude.

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