You know one of my favorite sayings - "The best things in life are free" - but that doesn't mean that every free thing is good for you.
Remember the smash-hit Flappy Bird from earlier this year? The free game was supported by ads, and the creator Dong Ngyuen was raking in $50,000 a day in revenue. That's nothing to sneeze at!
But the creator of the highly-addictive game suddenly pulled the game from the market, and it left a vacuum that scammers were eager to fill. Some ripped off the original game with just a few minor modifications - like in-app purchases or demanding payment for the pirated copy.
Now Ngyuen has created another game called Swing Copters, and the fraudsters are flocking to the label. In fact, in the first few days after its release, Swing Copters was #63 on the list if you searched for it by name.
Google has since then weeded out impostor games and Swing Copters is #1 on the free apps list in the Google Play store when you search for Swing Copters by name.
How can you protect your smartphone from fraudster apps? For starters, Swing Copters doesn't have any kind of special permissions you need to grant to play the game, and you definitely won't be charged for it.
You should also read the description when you look it up in the app store. Take your time and make sure you do a little bit of research before you download the app.
Sure, the app may be free, but if it's a fraud then you may end up shelling out your hard earned money. Just pretend that every app is a paid app and think about it a little longer like you would when buying a car or a refrigerator.