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Android Users Being Spammed Using Fake Missed Call Alerts


Scammers are abusing the Notifications and Push APIs and Google Chrome on Android devices to push spam alerts customized to look like a missed phone call.

The two APIs are used on mobile devices for push notifications - short alerts designed to re-engage the user. The messages can be triggered by a local application or a server, regardless if the app is running or not.

The Notifications API lets us display notifications to the user. It is incredibly powerful and simple to use. Where possible, it uses the same mechanisms a native app would use, giving a completely native look and feel," reads the description for the Notifications API.