You probably have an app for just about everything. Today, we have a warning for those apps on your phone or other devices. Thieves are using the app store to trick people, so we’ll how to tell if you accidentally downloaded one of these fake apps.
Fake app warning!
We get a lot of questions about internet safety and how to know if something online is legit. Now that just about everything has an app - we have a warning about looking closely before you download those apps.
“Really you can stumble across copycat apps or imposter apps,” says Leah Napoliello with the Better Business Bureau. “They may be looking very similar to a well-known app, but they are trying to steal your personal information or access your account in various ways.”
Here are a few “fake app” warning signs to look out for:
- The app acts weird: A fake app may act very buggy - like disappearing or reappearing from the screen.
- The battery drains fast: You know you have an issue if the battery on your device suddenly drains quickly. This could mean the fraudsters are watching what you are doing on your phone and getting your personal information.
- Ratings are super high: Even the best apps have some negative reviews. So, if you see an app that has thousands of five-star reviews, something might be up, especially if those ratings have no comments.
What should I do if I download a fake app?
If you think you downloaded one of these fake apps, delete it immediately and let the app store know. You might want to check your kids’ devices too. You can now “report a problem” or flag suspicious apps in both the Google Play store and the Apple app store. You can also report app scams to BBB.org/ScamTracker.