Where there is a scope for technological evolution, there would generate the scope for vulnerabilities too. After android phones evolved rapidly in the span of few years, the spam and scams have also taken different shapes to hit the target victims. In this article, I’m going bring to your notice the top android scams that are being successful in looting the innocent victims.
1. Text message phishing scam
We have been seeing these message scams since the SMS times. These kind of messages have taken a new shape and are coming with the direct links imposting the legitimate sources like bank and insurance agencies. These messages try to gain the trust of the victim and gathers the personal details slowly.
Never respond to these kind of messages. Consult the bank or insurance office directly through phone or directly and inquire about it.
2. Imposter apps
Some hacking apps are available on the internet that deceive people with the logo of a legitimate app and HTTPS like connections. Take n example of the WhatsApp Gold that has been propagating through forwarded messages virally. These apps infect the phones with malware and theft the personal details.
3. Tech support scam
These are the scams of past two decades. These are also called as ‘high-tech’ scams. People call you claiming that they are from the company of the product that you are using and fear you with the false news that you computer is affected by some serious malware and can be deleted if not paid certain amount of money. These are the ransomware type scams that you should be careful about.
4. Recharge scams
These scams are the most popular and viral of all the scams. Apps claim to be providing the recharge amount of Rs.10 or 20 if it is shared on the groups in numbers. They end up with nothing at last just spreading the fake app news. These kind of scams might infect the phone in the background and induce the malware into it. Don’t get greedy over Rs.10 or 20 and risk your privacy and personal details for it.
These are the most famous and most viral scams that you should be careful about. Beware of the android scams that are spreading around you. Think trice before taking any action on those apps. Research on internet if possible and make a conclusion.
Be Safe online!