Here is a brief roundup of how you can spot the fake applications.
- Check the app’s publisher. You should be careful on this as scammers use quite similar names. For instance, there was a case for Overstock Inc which was a fake and Overstock.com (real).
- Look at the customer reviews in the Google Play Store. A real application should have thousands of positive reviews while a fake app has zero.
- Check the publish date. A fake one has a recent date whereas the real app has an ‘updated on’ date. For instance, Overstock Inc hand been published on 26 October 2016.
- Look for spelling errors in the description or title. Most of the fake apps are from China. In case the description seems not be the developer’s native language, take extra caution.
- Beware of applications that promise huge discount. If your find the deal too good to be true. It probably is.
- Visit the store website in a browser and then check for a button that says ‘Get app’. This directs you to Google Play Store where you can install the real app.
Source: Android Central
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