Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, many people have needed to take out loans for a variety of reasons. And as we know, scammers and hackers are always searching for new ways to find victims, so it will come as no surprise to find out that their latest ploy involves malicious loan apps.
A list of fake loan apps
Here’s a list of known malicious loan apps:
- LoanSathi-Personal loan App
- Raise Cash – Instant Loan
- Rich Cash – Mobile Rupee
- Secure loans apps- Wallet Payee
- ListoFectivo – Préstamo Rápido
Before LoanSathi was taken down, it had been downloaded over 100,000 times. If you are one of those who downloaded any of the apps listed, you should delete them from your device right away and not use them to borrow money.
How to avoid malicious loan apps
1. Check the App Developer
Before installing an app, always check the developer section. Most of the time, you should be able to see the company’s website. If the website isn’t listed or looks fake, then don’t install the app.
2. Check that the website is secure
A secure website uses HTTPS. If you don’t see HTTPS in the URL and only HTTP, it means the website is NOT secure so don’t download the app.
3. Only use trusted loan apps
Make sure you only use loan apps from trusted companies. Do your research and don’t use any apps from potentially shady companies.
4. Read the reviews
Always read reviews in the Play Store or App Store before downloading an app. If you see any bad reviews mentioning scams or strange business practices, it’s a major red flag.
5. Always pay attention to the requested permissions
If you grant an app lots of permissions without realizing it, you could be handing over much more data than you’re aware of.
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