There’s some very tricky Android Malware out there that’s capable of impersonating other apps.
They use a technique called Smishing to trick people into downloading malware, trojan horses, and viruses onto your phone.
One of their favorite methods of attack is to send a text message with a link that takes you to a site that contains the malware app. They use subject lines like “shipping delay notice” to get the attention of people receiving the message.
This particular sneaky form of malware overlays legitimate apps that are running in the background. It’s really hard for a user to tell the difference once they are infected.
If it’s overlaying your banking app, you could enter all kinds of confidential information thinking that you were accessing your own account. But you’d actually be relaying that information to hackers.
If it’s an app where you make purchases like Google Play or Uber, they steal your credit card information.
So far this year, banking apps, the official app of the Danish and Austrian postal services, WhatsApp, Uber, YouTube, and Google Play have been targeted.
These crooks often use URL shorteners to make their links seem authentic. After you download it, the malware lies it wait for you to launch one of the apps it impersonates. The malware can also override any permission restrictions you may have placed on the legitimate apps.
As always, the best thing to do is to prevent this from happening by being very careful what you click or tap on. Almost no company is going to just send you a link. There will be information about the order and order number. You can go to a browser, head to the sites for companies you’ve ordered from, and check on any shipments there.