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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Kids Losing Money to Rogue Android Apps

Kids Losing Money to Rogue Android Apps

Kids Losing Money to Rogue Android Apps

Added: Thursday, January 24th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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Regulator PhonePayPlus has warned mobile users and especially their parents that they or their kids may run the risk of racking up huge bills in case they fail to understand basics of smartphone usage or communicate this information to their children.

There were a lot of complaints about children using or misusing mobile applications – their number increased 300% within the last year. A lot of kids are using apparently free applications which turn out to be rackets designed to make them purchase extra content via in app billing. This is warned to be especially risky for minors.

The regulator also noted that kids tend to download so-called free knock-offs of the famous games like Angry Birds, which contain malware charging $25 to phone bills each time the game runs. In addition, parents are also recommended to take notice of premium rate services that are widely advertised in free social media. The regulator points out that there has been a 575% jump in users gaining access to services this way. They usually play on the trust and naivety of kids. In one of the cases a 14-year-old girl was tricked into virtual credits after a fake friend asked her for credits to call her dying granny.

In most cases, kids aged between 12 and 14 are tricked into sharing and liking a promotion on Facebook which appeared to be part of a scam promoting a premium rate competition. The regulator came to a conclusion that it will have to take action against such misleading promotions, and is going to consult networks to get such content removed. In addition, it will also lobby government and industry to ensure regulation is able to keep pace with changes in the digital market, particularly with the emerging risk to consumers.


By:
SaM
January 24th,2013

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Thursday, January 24th, 2013



Comments (8) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by ET loverKitty (2013-01-24 14:18:36)
greymongel avatarthnx for the read....yea u want to make sure you have either your smartphone or tablet set up so you either need a password or have it where you cant make purchases at all.......pretty much a joke some of these FREE games you Download then it takes you and charges you tons of money for some crap game......thnx for the grat read as always

2
posted by ET babySite FriendET junkieET loverGirlSun (2013-01-24 16:58:09)
cosmiclsd avatar"KIDS!"? are ya kidding? what bout the so-called "responsible adults"..lol @greymongel: You right:"pretty much a joke".for the Industry,that "oversight's" makin em RICH;they're aware.thx Sam gud NFO...

3
posted by ET lovermenTurtle (2013-01-24 20:06:34)
English_Teacher avatarAndroid Apps?

The word "Android" is only mentioned in the title. The article talks about mobile applications in general. It could be about apple apps as well.

4
posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-01-24 20:59:10)
fusseltier avatarwhat normal parent would let their 12-14 year old have a phone or the access to the net without supervision,
if a kid has a cell phone, it should be only for voice or sms use only, and preferably only really to use it for emergency or calling their parents.

5
posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-01-24 21:03:03)
fusseltier avatareven free games and apps, like from amazon, require an internet connection to play or use them, and its very easy to click on the wrong thing and be sent to where to make a purchase. and with companies like amazon and your credit card is valid and used for purchases, you can be charged for things very easily.

6
posted by (2013-01-25 13:12:09)
comput3riz3d avatardownload Blackmart Alpha and paid apps are free job done

7
posted by (2013-01-25 21:57:18)
Scribble avataror just goto apkmania. com

8
posted by (2013-01-26 10:33:36)
daveh avatarfusseltier. its obvious you dont have kids
thanks Sam



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