Trezor, a major hardware cryptocurrency wallet provider, has warned its users about a fake Trezor application on Google Play.
According to Trezor, the fake app is malicious and has no relationship with Trezor or SatoshiLabs, a company that created the Trezor wallet. Announcing the news on January 18, Trezor asked its customers not to install the malicious application and reminded users that they should never share their seed phrase with anyone.
Warning to all Trezor owners using Android devices!
This app is malicious and has no relationship with Trezor or SatoshiLabs. Please don’t install it.
Remember never to share your seed with anyone until your Trezor device asks you to! pic.twitter.com/6C3iKfPDnR
– Trezor (@Trezor) January 18, 2021
Trezor too to provide are users with a quick guide on how to use Trezor wallet with Android. The manual states the company mention major third-party Trezor apps, including Mycelium, Sentinel, or Walleth.
At the time of publication, the malicious app is still available on Google Play. As of January 18, the app was reportedly on downloaded more than 1,000 times. The doppelgänger app also has around 200 reviews on the app store, with the majority warning it is a scam. “This app is a scam. Only enter your recovery phrase into an official hardware Trezor. Anyone who asks for this phrase (except a physical Trezor) is trying to scam you,” wrote one alleged user.
Trezor did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.
This isn’t the first time a fake app has been listed on Google Play. In May 2019 Cointelegraph reported on a malicious one Google Play app that mimics the Trezor wallet. The app was found by ESET antivirus researchers, who said they expect more crypto scam apps to enter the Android Store as the crypto market grows.
Online scam artists have targeted other popular crypto companies to mimic their apps on Google and steal money from users. In May 2020, a cybersecurity researcher discovered 22 malicious Google Chrome extensions imitating crypto services such as Trezor’s rival Ledger and big Ether (ETH) wallet MetaMask.