Thousands fall for fake BBM app
June 27, 2013 5:49 by Muhammad Aldalou
A few days ago, when thousands of mobile users anticipated the early availability of BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) on Android and iOS platforms, they learned the hard way not to give too much credibility to internet rumours.
An application, called ‘blackberry messenger bbm,’ created by developer RIM, was available on Android’s Google Play store.
Of course, it turned out to be a fake, adding no real value (unless you count a few irksome bookmarks and unusual icons on users’ handsets) except displaying a screen that promised users that the app would be functional today.
Google had it pulled off, but not before more than 100,000 Android users downloaded it.
You see, today is June 27. And that meant, at least according to month-old rumours (further confirmed by T-Mobile UK), that the popular messaging service would be officially available to download on both iOS and Android platforms, free of charge.
Even with BlackBerry having swiftly denied those rumours, the bright side is that the large number of ‘scammed’ users was a testament to the unexpected popularity (at least by critics) of the application.
BlackBerry has repeatedly said that its messaging service would be available sometime this summer, but that it can neither guarantee nor confirm a specific date.
Unlike Apple’s iOS store, the Google Play Android app store is not moderated, so users download applications at their own risk. Just remember, you should only install apps that you trust completely, while dedicating a fair amount of research beforehand.
For instance, had the victims of this scam followed the news, they would have known that the company no longer goes by the name ‘RIM’ since they rebranded to ‘BlackBerry’ earlier this year.