How the Scam Works:
You want the new smartphone app that everyone is talking about, Flappy Bird. But the developer pulled it before you could download the game. You decide to look in the app store anyway. And sure enough, there is an app claiming to be Flappy Bird.
In order to install it, the scam app requires you to give it permission to send text messages, read your texts and access other apps. This is unusual. The real Flappy Bird app only asked downloaders to grant it access to the network, so it could serve up ads.
Once installed, The fake Flappy Bird app tries to force users into sending text messages to a premium number. (See image at left.) Even if you hit "cancel," the app keeps running in the background, where it could access information stored on your phone.
Tips for Avoiding Scam Apps:
Just as your computer can become infected with a virus, so can your smartphone. Follow these tips to avoid malware infected apps.
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