Google’s Android operating system is the choice of hundreds of millions of smartphone users around the world. While there are multiple reasons behind its popularity, the biggest, however, is undoubtedly the platform’s huge application archive, Google Play. This app store offers a wide variety of applications to choose from, some of which have now been found to trick users out of their money.
Digital security giant Avast has identified a spate of malicious mobile applications in Google Play targeting gamers, especially fans of the popular Minecraft video game. These so-called Fleeceware applications attempt to trick users out of their money by offering new skins, colorful backgrounds, or tweaks to the game, but charging users disproportionately every month.
In its results, Avast found that seven of them are particularly annoying and even reported these apps to Google. Referred to as Fleeceware, this category of apps usually offers users an “attractive service for a short three-day free trial period. After that, the app starts automatically and subtly charging excessive fees, up to $ 30 per week.” “.
Avast explains that scammers expect the user to forget the installed application and its short trial period or not realize the real subscription cost associated with it. He also adds that these apps generally have a lot of 1 or 5 star reviews but nothing in between, with an overall low star rating.
“Scams of this nature benefit those who don’t always read the fine print details of every app they download. In this case, children are particularly at risk because they may think they are innocently downloading a Minecraft accessory, but they don’t understand or they may not pay attention to the details of the service they are subscribing to, “noted Ondrej David, analysis team. malware chief at Avast. “We urge our customers to remain vigilant when downloading any app from unknown developers and to always research user reviews and billing agreements carefully before signing up.”
Avast claims that some of these apps have already been downloaded over a million times by users and recommends not only uninstalling them, but also canceling any related subscriptions directly in the Play Store to ensure the protection of your hard earned money and data.
Avast Fleeceware App List
- Skins, mods, maps for Minecraft PE
- Skins for Roblox
- HD animated wallpapers and 3D background
- MasterCraft for Minecraft
- Master for Minecraft
- Skins of boys and girls
- Skins and Mods Maps for Minecraft
Fleeceware applications, posing as Minecraft mods, are scamming unsuspecting users by thousands of rupees every month.
- Avast reported 7 new Fleeceware apps.
- These include apps intended for games like Minecraft.
- Fleeceware applications try to trick users out of their money by offering new skins, wallpapers