211 Japanese Men Scammed out of £161,000 Through Android Porn App

By Gary Cutlack on at

Would you pay £805 to access some porn on your telephone? 211 Japanese men did, netting the creators of a mobile porn app some £161,000 -- and seeing them arrested for scamming their users.

The six men behind the grasping app created a fully functional porn site and loaded it up with adult material, then built and distributed an Android app that supposedly granted access to it. But the app actually popped up a message every five minutes demanding the equivalent of £805 to view the sexy imagery which, incredibly, 211 people actually paid.

Presumably they didn't look at the sums involved and simply mashed OK/Continue/Yes/Whatever as quickly as possible to get back to the action. Local police say around 10,000 users downloaded the app, which also stole the contact details of those who installed it.

Don't install apps you find on porn sites would appear to be today's sadly rather obvious moral. [BBC]

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