Trend Micro has recently identified a fraudulent and malicious website attached to several different Android apps. According to a Mobile Threats Analyst at Trend Micro, these ads lure people by offering a Samsung Galaxy Note II or an IPhone 5 at unheard of low prices.
Once a person clicks on this fraudulent advertisement they are led to a malicious website offering several different options to purchase the phone. The problem with these fake advertisements is that they are just a scam designed to defraud you into paying for a phone that will never come.
While Trend Micro found that these Android attacks are being sent out to Chinese users, they warn that it is possible that a similar Android attack could be carried out to others in the coming months.
Protect your Android
Being the owner of an Android puts you at risk for identity theft especially if you are unprotected. Protecting your identity is a constant battle. To help you practice safer Android use, the following tips are recommended:
- Do not click on ads because this could lead to identity theft.
- Be careful of the sites you visit because cyber criminals use malicious URLs to steal your identity
- Never open messages that look phishy because cyber criminals use tracking devices to obtain your cell phone number and inbox information so beware of spammed messages.
- If you receive an email that looks phishy, please forward it to the Federal Trade Commission at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Purchase Trend Micro’s Mobile Security for Android Devices which includes a data theft scanner that will show you which apps aim to steal your information, call and website blocking to get rid of dangerous content, antivirus and malware scanner and much more. For more information and to learn about Trend Micro’s free trial, visit,
When it comes to protecting your identity from hackers and cyber criminals, you need all the help you can get. I can’t tell you how many people have been defrauded because their mobile device was unprotected. If you feel that you have been the victim of identity theft using your computer or Android, to file a complaint visit, https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/
If you are local Santa Ana resident and you lose your Android then you need to be aware that your identity is at risk. If you feel that you have been the victim of identity theft or fraud and you live in Santa Ana, contact the Santa Ana Police Department at http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/pd/economiccrimes.asp
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Sun, W. (2013, May 14) Mobile ads pushed by Android apps lead to scam sites. Trend Micro Security Intelligence Blog. Retrieved from http://blog.trendmicro.com/trendlabs-security-intelligence/mobile-ads-pushed-by-android-apps-lead-to-scam-sites/