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  1. Fake BHIM apps on Google Play Store: What you need to do

Fake BHIM apps on Google Play Store: What you need to do

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the launch of BHIM mobile app in order to enable citizens to make digital payments and transactions. While the app is at the top of Google charts with more than 3 million downloads, the same platform which is filled with numerous duplicate apps.

By: | Updated: January 3, 2017 12:10 PM
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the launch of BHIM mobile app in order to enable citizens to make digital payments and transactions. While the app is at the top of Google charts with more than 3 million downloads, the same platform which is filled with numerous duplicate apps. Some of the names with which the fake apps are listed on Google Play Store are: BHIM UPI Bank No internet, BHIM payment updater 2017, Modi Bhim, BHIM App-Radio Jay Bhim, Bhim Modi App, Bhim Modi, BHIM Payment-UPI Guide, BHIM Banking guide, BHIM banking, Modi ka Bhim and many more. Some of these apps also act as a guide to using the original BHIM app but all they do is redirect it to the actual app. There is one app which claims to even verify your new Rs 2,000 currency note.

You need not worry but just keep a few things in mind before downloading and using the app. The payments app based on Aadhaar has been developed by the National Payment Corporation of India (NPCI). Even their Twitter handle warns users from downloading duplicate apps. You should not go to a third party play store, but only on Google’s own Play Store when downloading the app. The app should have NPCL’s name in the developer’s category. Stay away from apps which have website domains in the title. You can download the app from this link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.org.npci.upiapp

Some of the fake apps have crossed hundreds of thousands of downloads from the Play Store, which means a lot of people are getting duped and they are not able to reap the benefits of the original app. One of the apps called 99# BHIM UPI Bank No internet has able to manage 1 lakh downloads and claims to offer USSD and UPI payments services, but it only has a list of banks which offer that. There is, however, a disclaimer in the description, but it can easily be missed by someone downloading it.

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Most of the apps only consist of lists, but there are some of them which ask you for access to your pictures and data, which can be dangerous. The funny thing is that all the fake apps have decent ratings on the Play Store, and we fail to see why. BHIM app is the Indian government’s latest app to push India towards a cashless or ‘less-cash’ society. After downloading the BHIM app from the Play store, the user has to register his/her bank account and set up a UPI Pin for it. So, beware before downloading fake apps, and in case you want a guide to using the app, we have a link here.

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    Ashif
    Jan 4, 2017 at 1:41 pm
    Post your opinion...bhim apps
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      MANI BHUSHAN
      Jan 4, 2017 at 12:51 am
      At po bhadaul via budhma dist madhepura bihar date 04/01/2017
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        Radio Jay
        Jan 5, 2017 at 9:30 am
        owe have an strong objection against your article which mentions, our Community Radio Media as "FAKE App".BHIM APP- Radio Jay Bhim is on the play store since April 2016 & is a strong Community media for the followers of Dr. BR Ambedkar.This app has nothing to do with Modis Banking App.Its named after Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar as Bhim App- Radio Jay Bhim.It clearly mentions "Radio Jay Bhim".Where did you find Banking word in this app? What right have you got to mention such word as "FAKE" App in comparison to Modis BHIM app?Just because your reporter felt that there is a Word "BHIM" app ociated in our RADIO, should you mention it to be FAKE?Why didnt you first analyze that its not a Financial banking app, but its a very strong Media & a Community Radio Station on Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar?A community who can get disturbed by such articles, if we put this on air on RADIO JAY BHIM & post your artilce amongst our Facebook, Twitter pages that has 6000 followers? We have daily 3 to 5 lakh lakh listeners from Buddhist community who listen to Radio Jay Bhim. Would it be worth if we mention comments about your Print media & your Article without getting clarifications from you??The Word Bhim is not a registered trade mark! Its a name that Buddhist people great each other by saying "Jay Bhim" and not o! With what right your reporter mentions our Radio App to be a FAKE app?Kindly call us to discuss this matter on urgent priority on RADIO JAY BHIM number- 7775048539Team- RADIO JAY BHIM​Article LINK-
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          Taranpreet Singh
          Jan 3, 2017 at 7:47 am
          Wow, you are a genius. Blur the upper side, but let everyone see what you are typing ;) People can easily see what you typed in address and in the code.
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