Fraud Alerts/PSAs

October 13, 2017: Some Free Apps May Prove Costly

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There are apps to fill the needs of virtually every cell-phone user, but consumers should be careful not to let an app scam them.

Potential problems may occur if a user forgets about an app that was downloaded long ago. Although an app initially may have been secure, it can become vulnerable to security flaws. A dormant app increases the probability of data, such as locations, contacts and photos, being shared with third parties.


  • Delete apps that you do not use. They can be downloaded again if needed.
  • Verify the app’s maker before downloading it to the device.
  • Keep your apps and devices updated to ensure they are protected from security flaws.

Report fraud to the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222 or

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