WhatsApp is one of the most popular apps in the world. With over 1.3 Billion monthly users.
A firm took advantage of this popular app to trick users to download the ‘Fake WhatsApp’. A sneaky update called ‘Update WhatsApp Messenger’ had been downloaded by 1 Million users on the Google Play Store.
The developers of the hoax version used the exact name, but replaced the space with a special character which looked like a space. This subtle difference was undetected by the average user. And caused over 1 Million users to be fooled.
The deceptive WhatsApp contained ads and could download software to users' devices.
The fake app appeared to be created by a developer with the title 'WhatsApp Inc.' – the same title as the real version. While the developer remains unknown, they later changed the name of the app to 'Dual Whatsweb Update' and removed the 'WhatsApp Inc.' developer title.
A spokesperson for Google said:
'I can confirm that the app was removed from Google Play and the developer account was suspended for violating our program policies.'
Although, it has now been removed from the Play Store; it is time for Google to clean up fake, malicious apps on the Play Store.