At least a million people downloaded software named "Update WhatsApp Messenger" through the Google Play store, mistakenly believing it was an updated version of the legitimate messaging service, also named WhatsApp.
This isn't the first time Google Play users have been deceived by impostor apps. Users are calling on Google to take customer protection more seriously. In the past, people have come across malware in messaging apps, children's games, and even fake versions of the popular Pokémon Go.
DON'T CLICK on any WhatsApp messages about Tesco vouchers, it hacks your account and spams your contact and groups list.— bushido cop (@bushido_cop) November 6, 2017
Android users pay attention— Prasanna (@SQLInterstellar) November 4, 2017
There are fake Instagram and Whatsapp apps on Google play