I’ve been out of circulation from my regular blogging sessions for quite sometime now. I am a bit rusted, I must admit, and now I feel like a newbie blogger again. Off late, I was involved in a sort of “call reviewing” job using my trusty iPhone as my tool-of-trade. The online job provider is called Humanatic. My main job is to listen and sort out calls. It’s quite a challenging job, but like a call center agent, I have to keep wide awake at night to cope with my job. The Philippines is at the opposite time zone with the West and other parts of the world. While I am still current with Humanatic and having worked for them for a long while, I am starting to find my job monotonous and boring. Really, it’s a typical routine job that you do day in and day out. No variety whatsoever.
One day, I tried searching “Make Money” on Google Play Store. There I found a lot of apps showing PayPal and Bitcoin rewards. Checking further, I found more enticing apps that would make you money by playing games. Actually, this was the first android app that caught my attention. It is called “Solitaire – Make Money Free”. It was developed by WINR Games Inc. I got to like this app because since my elementary school days, I learned to play solitaire using my dad’s deck of cards during my free time. It’s a game I am very familiar with and who knows, I may end up a millionaire. LOL!
Kidding aside, the essence of this blog is to warn you guys on the possibilities of ANDROID SCAMS. No offense to Google, but their Play Store may likewise contain dangerous device hacking software. Meaning, it is hard to determine if your android app is a legitimate or not. Many malicious android apps come in the guise of legitimate apps. In my little experience on this subject, I found some ways on how to verify the legitimacy of an android app and avoid being scammed.
- First of all, I check on the star ratings of the app and comments made by users. Read what they say. A two-star app and no reply from the developer is certainly not worth your while.
- Secondly, I would check on the veracity of the app maker or developer. Every app page must feature the developer directly beneath the title or name of the app which is normally written with capitalized letters. A dead give-away of an android scam app are non-capitalized writing and wrong spellings of the developer’s name and on the app page itself.
- Thirdly, investigate if the android app has obtained permission. Check the bottom of the screen near the link to the developer’s website.
- Fourthly, if your apps are from unknown sources, quickly disable them.
And finally, your android phone MUST have an anti-virus app installed. With this, you can get rid of unwanted apps that are a waste of time. This installation also protects you from malicious websites and/or things that may cause you or your android phone harm.
I am no expert on scam detection, but with this little knowlege on hand, you are somehow alerted and spared from android scam applications.