Google is warning Android phone users to delete 151 dangerous mobile phone apps it has just banned from its Play Store over ties to a SMS scam campaign.
Cybersecurity service Avast first identified the widespread premium SMS campaign operating through apps listed on the Google Play Store earlier in October.
Scroll down to see the full list of apps you need to delete from your phone
Dubbed the UltimaSMS campaign, Avast identified 151 fake apps that have been disguised as photo and video editors, spam call blockers, camera filters, QR code scanners, and all sorts of games.
The apps have been downloaded more than 10 million times in more than 80 countries, according to Avast.
The UltimaSMS scam
Once installed, each of the apps records the user’s location, International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number and phone number to create a series of prompts requesting the user to enter their phone and email address.
That information is then used to subscribe the user to premium SMS servers charging up to $US40 – or $A50 – a month.
Avast then found some of the apps would then stop working together, making it difficult to cancel their subscriptions.
It also found some users would delete the apps and uninstall them, but the SMS charges would continue to mount.
Android list of scam apps
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