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A fictitious smartphone application dubbed 'WhatsAppSpy' was too tempting to resist for thousands of users who got stung in one of the latest Internet scams. Thanks to their gullibility, a 23 year-old from Murcia, Spain pocketed more than 53,000 dollars in only two months time.

According to Spanish language news service EFE, the bait was a fictitious application that supposedly let users intercept messages sent via WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging services around. Once the bait was prepared, the fraudster went fishing for fools on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. He managed to reel in over 11,000 subscribers who wanted to spy on the private messages of friends, co-workers, family, lovers, etc.

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Wow, although first alarm bell (at least in my case) was an app designed to spy on what's supposed to be secure unless there's police intervention. Hope they nail the scammer.

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What's funny is that the page where you had to subscribe to download the app actually had a perfectly noticeable (albeit obviously small) message informing the preys that they were actually subscribing to a premium SMS service, and it even listed the prices.

Just goes to show that people don't even bother reading, not even when downloading a dubious app.

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What's funny is that the page where you had to subscribe to download the app actually had a perfectly noticeable (albeit obviously small) message informing the preys that they were actually subscribing to a premium SMS service, and it even listed the prices.

Just goes to show that people don't even bother reading, not even when downloading a dubious app.

Yup, and that make it worse, as legally, they've at least tried to cover their site by having that information available.

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