The Odisha Police Economic Crimes Wing has demanded Google Inc will immediately remove 45 “fake” lending apps from the Google Play Store.
The EOW recently wrote to the legal investigation support team at Google Inc in California, asking it to remove 45 apps suspected of using unethical practices to recover money from borrowers.
Among the list of apps it sent to Google for removal are: Beloan App, Go Cash, Go Go loan, INS Loan, Asan Loan, Fast cash / Cash Fast, Flip cash, Rupee Wallet, Rupee King, Fast Rupee, Easy Credit Loan, Cash Cola, Infinity, Sunshine, Credit wallet, Money tree, Cash pocket, Hello rupee, Small credit, Cash room, Star loan, Yes rupee, ok rupee loan, and Magic money loan.
“These apps illegally provided short-term loans at very high interest rates. These apps are not authorized by the RBI to do so. Further, these loan apps use illegal methods of harassment, threat, blackmail, using extremely dirty language in order to extort money from victimized loan recipients,” the EOW told Google.
They also harass their friends/relatives as these lending apps have access to the victim’s entire contact list, he said.
Many other state police in India also investigate such cases. It is also reported that many people committed suicide because of such illegal, humiliating and torturous activities by these loan apps, the EOW wrote.
Google guidelines prohibit the operation of any application involving harassment, blackmail and threats against people. Apps available on the Play Store must comply with local laws and respect user privacy. These bogus loan apps have flouted all of these guidelines.
EOW detectives, while investigating a lending app fraud case, found that cybercriminals were exploiting the “anonymity” feature in connection with the app developer/operator on Google Play to engaging in various criminal practices.
So, the authority further asked Google not to allow any app to run from Play Store if it does not mention the full details of its developer/creator.
The WOW recently arrested three cybercriminals who had duped many in the state through such mobile apps.
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