Preying on an individuals’ desire to personalize their mobile phones, scammers infused at least 15 Android wallpaper apps to redirect phony ad click revenue, reported Trend Micro in a blog post.

The Google Play Store removed the mobile phone apps, which were downloaded more than 222,200 times while being available over a period of several months. Victims were spotted in Italy, Taiwan, the United States, Germany and Indonesia appeared to be the most infected, according to Trend Micro.

“History shows [Google Play Store] have been quick to remove malicious apps once they have been alerted by us,” Jon Clay, Trend Micro director of global threat communications. He added the Google store has not been reluctant to remove malware-infected apps “as long as we provide them with enough information and evidence of an app being malicious or potentially unwanted.”

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