The fake Trezor app was downloaded from Android’s app store Google Play by at least 1,000 people.
Trezor crypto wallet warns users of doppelgänger scam app on Google Play.
Warning to all Trezor owners using Android devices!
This app is malicious and has no relation to Trezor or SatoshiLabs. Please, don't install it.
Remember that you should never share your seed with anyone until your Trezor device asks you to do it! pic.twitter.com/6C3iKfPDnR
— Trezor (@Trezor) January 18, 2021
Trezor, a major hardware-focused cryptocurrency wallet supplier, has warned its users of a fake Trezor app on Google Play.
According to Trezor, the malicious fake app has nothing to do with Trezor or SatoshiLabs, a company that created the Trezor wallet. Trezor announced the news on January 18, asking its customers not to install the malicious application and reminded users to never share their initial statements with anyone.
Trezor also provided its users with a short guide on using Trezor wallet with Android. In the guide, the company listed major third-party Trezor apps, including Mycelium, Sentinel, or Walleth.
The malicious app was still present on Google Play at the time of its release. As of January 18, the application was reported to have been downloaded more than 1,000. The Doppelgänger app also warns that the app store has around 200 reviews and these comments are a scam.
This is the first time a fake application is not listed on Google Play. In May 2019, information was also provided about a malicious Google Play application that mimics the Trezor wallet. The app was found by ESET antivirus researchers, who said that as the crypto market grows, they expect more crypto fraud applications to enter the Android store.
Online scammers target other popular crypto companies to impersonate their apps on Google and steal money from users.
In May 2020, a cybersecurity researcher discovered 22 malicious Google Chrome extensions that mimic crypto services like Trezor’s rival Ledger and its large Ether (ETH) wallet MetaMask.