An Android app that claimed to reveal phone numbers of anyone has directed users to pay for subscriptions. The app, which is known as ‘Number Finder’, was discovered by security researcher Nikolaos Chrysaidos of Avast. When checked, the app always returned the same result regardless of the number entered, and prompted users to subscribe in order to reveal more information. The app had over one million installations on the Google Play store.
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How to stay aware of such scams?
Chrysaidos advises users to be wary of such apps that lead to subscription-related scams. “Subscription scams have been trending for a while now in both app stores – Google and Apple. Users should be careful using apps that require a subscription to use the basic functionality,” he told.
It is recommended that users read reviews and ratings of applications on official mobile platforms before downloading them.