Fake apps claiming to offer virus protections for mobiles when in reality they offer none have been found in app stores.
Apps claiming to operate under the Kaspersky anti-virus name were found in both the Windows Phone Store and on Google Play.
On both occasions users were required to pay to download the apps, which went under the names Kaspersky Mobile and Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2014, both of which have since been removed.
The former app claimed to act as a scanner to pick up viruses on the users’ phone, while the latter used screenshots from the official Kaspersky Android app’s page to fool users into downloading it.
Senior Malware Analyst at Kaspersky Lab, said: “The story of paid fake AV for mobiles started with the appearance of Virus Shield in the Google Play store. Now we are seeing how one successful scam spawns numerous clones. Scammers who want to make a quick buck from inattentive users are selling dozens of fake apps, copying the design, but not the functionality of the original.
“It is quite possible that more and more of these fake apps will start appearing. However, one thing for sure is that the security mechanisms put in place by the official stores cannot cope with these kinds of scams.”