After the FaceApp boom, the belief that the Pro version has become free has spread online. In fact, the gullible have been victims of a clearly false application that misleads the users.
While the basic version of FaceApp is free, some Pro features are paid for (many filters, for example). According to ESET researchers, some developers took advantage of the popularity wave of FaceApp to set up a scam linked to a false version of its Pro counterpart. In short, the recent privacy concerns that have affected enforcement do not seem to be enough.
Specifically, fraudsters have used fake websites and even fake video tutorials on YouTube to entice users to click on countless offers to install other apps and activate paid subscriptions. Victims have also received requests for permission to post notifications that, if activated, lead to other fraudulent offers. According to ESET researchers, YouTube videos have been viewed more than 150,000 times in a few days and links in their descriptions have been clicked more than 96,000 times.
Once again, we remind you that before downloading anything on the Internet, you must respect the basic principles of computer security: no matter the value of the offer, avoid downloading applications from other sources than the official stores and consult all available information. A search on Google, referring to authoritative sources, could help you.
Have you ever been a victim of such a scam?