Fraudulent British app seller fined $78,000 and told to refund money

Fraudulent British app seller fined $78,000 and told to refund money
Some Android users thought that they were buying legitimate versions of  games like Angry Birds, Assassin's Creed and Cut the Rope from third party Android app stores. In fact, they were buying fake apps that actually contained malware that would charge the unsuspecting victims £15 ($23 approximately) everytime one of the apps was opened. This was achieved by having the user's infected phone send three premium £5 texts each time one of the bogus apps were opened. And we hate to say this, but the malware even cleverly covered up its tracks by removing the sent/received notification that would have appeared on the user's phone. That meant that the first time the user would know something was up was when he opened his phone bill. Talk about bill shock! The fake apps contained malware known as RU Fraud and were downloaded 14,000 times. Regulators said that 1,391 mobile numbers were affected.

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.source: PhonepayPlus via AndroidAuthority

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21 Comments

1. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

This is what happen when you have an Android. Its not secure at all.

2. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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! You die. The end.

3. QinEmpire

Posts: 145; Member since: May 16, 2012

Yeah but without Android's failed model would the user even get tricked? Look at IOS, look at windows phone.

4. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Whach this video since 3:38 and then try again to talk about iOS security... Video:http://youtu.be/q5A4k1bDV0s

6. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

its easily to tell its fake because it says untitled when it would say apple

11. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 2012

Obiviously they can't do anything about it now. They should have thought about it before they release their first phone.

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Can you explain more widely ?

20. Quezdagreat

Posts: 428; Member since: Apr 05, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

And you think that it is right solution?

5. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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: Mar 09, 2012

Lol @iamcc. Why are you giving such lengthy replies to a troll comment?

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

true, pack. 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: Oct 07, 2011

I was just bored at work, can't help myself sometimes.

8. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 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: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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"

13. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Assassin's Creek?

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