Fake Blackberry Messenger app resurfaces, avoid it like the plague

by: Andrew GrushAugust 12, 2013


Whether you want it or not, Blackberry Messenger will soon arrive to the Android platform. If you are eagerly awaiting its release, be careful, as scammers seem to be lurking in the shadow just waiting to fool you into downloading their fake apps.

Just a few months ago, an app claiming to be an official BBM application arrived to the Play Store scamming quite a few folks before it was finally pulled. Now BBM App by BBM Android has shown up in the Play Store, and looks to be the same (or a similar) app.

Bottom-line, this isn't an official Blackberry app or even a working alternative. It should be avoided, simple as that.

What’s really interesting here is right in the description it says, “Due to Blackberry pulling this app, I have created an app to get the real app.” So right in the description we learn this is an app designed to download another app.

That right there should be enough to make you run clear in the other direction. If that’s not enough to deter you, the the app already has over fifty 1-star ratings and costs $1.50.

Most of the user complaints say the app never makes it past a white screen or says it will download the “real” app, but this process seems to fail or the app doesn’t do anything at all. Bottom-line, this isn’t an official Blackberry app or even a working alternative. It should be avoided, simple as that.

When the official BBM app does arrive, we’ll be sure to let you know!

  • MasterMuffin

    The scammers never stop trying :)

  • Apple_Nexus

    It’s almost like those walls around my beautiful iOS garden protect me from thieving neighbours! ;)

    • monkeypox69

      Or from being able to customize your phone.

    • Jon

      Security vs Freedom. Shen you have more of one, you have less of the other. Android users prefer freedom and iPhone users prefer security.

      However…there will always be the responsibility on the end user to be smart about what they DL. This is where Android wins – so long as the end user is smart, you can have more freedom.

  • monkeypox69

    Why does Google allow this?