Android Angry Birds Clone Earned its Makers £28k in Premium Rate Text Scam

By Gary Cutlack on at

Those fake apps that pop up really do work for their makers, it seems, with one enterprising Latvian scammer raking in around £28,000 thanks to releasing fake versions of Angry Birds, Assassin's Creed and Cut the Rope on Google's Play Store.

The fake apps came with permission to send and receive premium rate text messages each time they were opened, which they did three times upon boot, costing users £15 every time they tried to open the fakes. Mobile payment regulator PhonepayPlus said some 1,391 customers were hit by the scam, and it received 34 complaints about the apps and their aggressive charges, with one user inflicting costs of around £80.

The good news is they all got refunded once the scam was uncovered. The bad news is it can happen and there's not much that can be done to stop it, apart from forcing yourself to read those bloody app permission lists when installing a thing. [Telegraph]