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Beware of Fake Versions of Popular Android Apps
May 01, 2012

Before downloading the popular Android apps "Angry Birds Space" and "Instagram," make sure you have the right version. These games are the latest victims of malware.

What do the scams look like?
Scammers added fake editions of "Angry Birds Space" and "Instagram" to unofficial Android app stores. When downloaded to your smartphone, these Trojan apps work by installing malicious codes that will infect the device.

It's not easy to spot the infected versions because they look and play just like the real "Angry Birds Space" and "Instagram."

Tips to avoid the Scam:
• Before downloading Android applications, make sure to read the user reviews.
• Download the real "Angry Birds Space" and "Instagram" through Google Play, the official Google Android app store.

More information
Check out more tips for combating scams in BBB.org's Know Your Scam guide.