Google Offering Refunds to Fake Android Anti-Virus Software Buyers
Published on: 22nd Apr 2014
Note -- this news article is more than a year old.
Google has started issuing refunds to people who paid for an anti virus app for their Android smartphone that turned out to do nothing at all.
The Virus Shield app was simply a wrapper that had an on/off switch, and nothing else at all, yet it reached the top place in the Google Play store for a new release with over 10,000 downloads.
Analysis by Android Police found that the app was a fake and alerted Google, who then pulled the app from sale.
The company that developed it claimed that the file should never have been uploaded as it was just a template by a designer, although that is questionable simply as the upload process is not a simple click of a button on an admin screen, so someone had to be fairly certain of what they were doing.
Google has now started emailing buyers of the app and will automatically refund the US$3.99 purchase price.
Google is also offering buyers a $5 credit on their account to use against future mobile app purchases. They might choose to use that to buy a legitmate anti-virus app.