Fake Apps tricking online shoppers

Before you hand over your money to an online app, there are a few things you need to know.

"Fake Apps" are real and they're tricking hundreds of people especially with the holiday season upon us.

You may be asking yourself, what's the worst that can happen when using a fake app?

At best, you’ll be frustrated by those annoying pop-ups or ad crashes.

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At worst, you will hand over your credit card information to a sketchy company and never get your product.

“Don’t click on anything that is suspicious. Secondly, don’t allow automatic installation and make sure you have the latest updates to your software," says Cyber Expert, Dr. Robert Hooker.

Hooker says the fake apps are not new.

In fact, new ones are made every day but also thousands are deleted every day. So it’s hard to keep track of them.

Here's what you want to know the next time your scrolling through apps:

  • Look at the reviews. What are they saying? If people are leaving notes that they've never received their product, then that's a huge red flag. Also, if there are no comments that's not a good sign.
  • Can you find the app on the companies website? If you can then it's reliable but if not it may be a phony.
  • On the description section does it look like it was written by a professional? If you see misspelled words, it may be a gimmick.

“Keep in mind that all websites are vulnerable. There is a lot of ways for others to deceive people," says Hooker.

Fake apps are more like to show up on Google play and android devices but sketchy developers are finding new ways to bypass Apple's review process.

So just make sure you’re always double checking what app you download.