Remember that fake Angry Birds scam that we warned you about a while back? Well the perpetrators have been caught and fined 50,000 (or roughly $78,495 USD) by an independent UK regulatory agency called PhonepayPlus. Google has removed several of these types of fake apps from the store, but not before the company swindled about 1,400 people out of 27,850 (over $43,000) in the UK alone. Luckily, carriers acted quickly enough to freeze the transactions, so the money can be returned to customers.

The culprit was a Latvian company called AT Agregator Limited. They released games that mimicked Angry Birds, Assassin’s Creed, Cut the Rope, and more. When you would download and launch these games, they would appear to crash and they would send out text messages to premium numbers. charging the user a fee each time the game was launched. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

via The Verge

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