Another event of Fake/spam app occurred few days ago at the Google Play store and the app was impersonating a famous iOS app called Infinity Blade 2 of which more than 1000 downloads had occurred before it was taken down.
The fake application, a 2.2 MB APK, prompted users to earn 50 points on Tapjoy (paid ad clicks) in order to unlock the full game download. While for some the download link never became available but for some that did, reported that they downloaded data over 1Gb of absolute JUNK !.
The app was published by “2011 Chair Entertainment Group LLC” (the developer of the real iOS game is Chair Entertainment Group, LLC) and used the official branding and copy of the iOS game in attempts to make money through users clicking on advertising.
Infinity Blade 2 is a hit title on iOS and likely to remain exclusive for the iPhone and iPad. As a precaution, if you see a major title available out of the blue on the Play Store, before downloading it check if that app is covered by any popular tech sites, check the name of the developer, check the ratings, download counts.
However, these scammy app uploaders can be very cunning as they would have their own people rate it and download it and give the impression as if it is legit. For full safety, just see the name off the dev, check the section “More apps by this dev” through which you’ll know if he’s legit or not.
Most importantly, this app might be uploaded to many other places which promote piracy and offer tempting deals to make you download apps like these. Please be careful while downloading apps from third-party sites, infact you shouldn’t even go there as the apk files are mostly modified with malwares and stuff.