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Google Removes Selected Apps From Android Market

Earlier this week, Google removed 22 fraudulent apps from the Android Market that supposedly unknowingly charged users who downloaded them on their devices.  These apps seemed harmless to many functioning as games or even just wallpaper apps.

Apparently, these forecasts and other apps have been ploys for criminals to lure consumers into clicking on options that led to premium charges tied to SMS usage.

Lookout Mobile Security posted about RuFraud on its website, which appeared in batches of horoscope, wallpaper and game apps that used pop culture appeal in conjuring Angry Birds and “Twilight.”

Google moved quickly in order to remove these apps from the market.  However, more of them have appeared over the weekend taking the place of “free versions” of popuular games.

Lookout stated that they have estimated around 14,000 downloads for all of these apps (mostly in Europe) so if you are part of that group, remove the app ASAP.