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This article was published on April 24, 2018

Scam alert: Fake MetaMask app on Google Play is stealing users’ ETH

The fake app endemic is not stopping on Google Play Store

Scam alert: Fake MetaMask app on Google Play is stealing users’ ETH
Neer Varshney
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Neer Varshney

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The epidemic of phoney cryptocurrency apps continue to float heedlessly on the Play Store, and Google can’t seem to do anything about it.

Security researcher Lukas Stafanko has found yet another phishing app on the Google Play Store — this time it is an imposter of Metamask, a popular Ethereum DApp Browser.

Just last week, we had reported that Google Play is hosting a disturbing amount of cryptocurrency phishing applications.

The fake MetaMask app is at least the fourth phoney app to get through Google Play, after at least two fake MyEtherWallet apps, and a fake Poloniex phishing app.

It is not known whether a lot of users have fallen for the previous scams, but  the app was downloaded more than 500 times, according to Stefanko.

The reviews for the MetaMask app on the Play Store however show that at least a few users have fallen for this scam.

“The owner of this app is a thief. He stole all my Ethereum. Please block the owner of this application. It’s a scam app”, one user complaint.

“Spam Site [app]. I lost $2700”, another user said in his review.

It is worth noting that Metamask does not itself have any app on Google Play Store. It comes as a web browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera.

As of press time, the app seems to have been deleted or removed from the Play Store.

H/T Lukas Stefanko

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