Fake Anti-Virus App Gets 10,000 Downloads on Google Play

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Android Police reports that a new Android app called Virus Shield, which was first made available on the Google Play store on March 28, 2014 for $3.99, is actually a scam (h/t Sophos).

Open the app and click on the shield, and an X changes to a check mark, apparently indicating that your device is now being protected -- but the app actually does nothing whatsoever.

Still, the app was the top new paid Android app on Google Play when Android Police reported it to Google -- and it had already amassed more than 10,000 downloads.

"Let's not mince words here," writes Android Police's Michael Crider. "This is fraud, pure and simple, and the developer 'Deviant Solutions' potentially made considerable amounts of money based on a complete lie."

The app has since been removed from Google Play, and the developer's account has been suspended.

DailyTech reports that the app's developer appears to be a 17-year-old boy in Texas named Jesse Carter -- unless, of course, Carter's identity was stolen by the actual developer.