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Fraud apps that try to tempt victims with porn then try to embarrass the users into paying sums of cash to avoid being exposed are beginning to appear in Google Play, Symantec reports.

The apps are appearing in the Japan Play store and are a similar creation to those used by criminals on PCs.

The apps are downloaded by the user but often do not require any permission to access the internet once installed. When launched the browser on the device takes the user to a site that claims they have information and browsing data based on user activity and demands cash to keep this data private.

It is unknown exactly how much money has been collected via these applications but reports suggest it can be as much as $1000.

The apps are gradually being removed by Google once they have been notified.

One such app was downloaded over 9000 times and fraudulently collected $260,000 in the process.

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