Following the American authorities, the creators of the popular ESET antivirus also saw the danger in the popular photo editor from Russian developers of FaceApp. According to them, the scammers are now actively using the promotion of the application to distribute its fake versions, allegedly offering additional features.
“In the wake of the growing interest in FaceApp, the attackers took advantage of the situation and began to spread fake versions of FaceApp Pro. In a number of cases, fraudsters have created fake websites where you can download the free version of the application, ”the message says.
When you try to install such applications on the device screen, a lot of pop-up windows appear. Some of them lead to the design of paid subscriptions or transfer the user to advertisements. In addition, victims receive notification requests that are part of a fraudulent scheme.
ESET staff found one of the fake FaceApp applications even on the Google Play store. Through it, attackers download malware from the popular file-sharing service. In addition, dangerous clones are now actively advertised and distributed via YouTube. At the time of the study, one of these videos collected more than 150,000 views, and the number of clicks on the link to download the program exceeded 90 thousand.
To avoid becoming a victim of fraudsters, ESET experts recommend downloading applications only from the official Google Play and App Store stores, paying attention to other users' comments, rating and number of downloads.