Scam Alert: Google Play Beauty Camera App
Security researchers at Trend Micro have found some malicious apps which are available on Google Play store promising a “beauty camera” to jazz up your photos will not only spam your phone with adverts but also play porn on your device. Adverts may only be a nuisance, but many are directing people to phishing websites which are harvesting personal data for identity theft. Some of these apps have had hundreds of thousands of downloads. Particularly avoid apps called “Beauty Camera”, “Pro Beauty Camera” and “Horizon Beauty Camera”. Google has already removed some of these, but this highlights the danger of downloading apps from developers that you do not know.
IF THE APP IS NOT FROM A WELL-KNOWN DEVELOPER THEN THOROUGHLY CHECK THE REVIEWS, HOW MANY THERE ARE AND DO ANY MENTION SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR?
Tips and Advice
- Don’t download – any that you are not 100% sure is genuine
- The real deal? – Check out the app in full, has it been up a long time? Are there any reviews? Many downloads?
- Read more! – Excellent article by Trend Micro
- Personal means private! –
Do not divulge personal details unless you have full confidence in the caller and the business they represent.
- Facebook Lottery or Promotion – If you receive a message stating you have won a large sum of money from a Facebook lottery
- Report it! – If you come across a malicious app then report it to Google by going to the detail page for the app, scroll to the bottom, tap flag, choose a reason and submit.
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details.
- ID Protection – If you’re worried about identity fraud and would like to protect your identity contact CIFAS
- Still Unsure? – Join Reassura 0800 888 6400, and one of our fraud advisor’s will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool.
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