Malware disguised as innocent smartphone apps that secretly send expensive messages are on the increase, warn online security experts.

Fraudsters are planting rogue apps that lurk in the ‘back-end’ of phones and send messages and make calls to their own premium-rate services that do not show up in the ‘sent messages’ folder or ‘call history’.

The messages can cost as much as £6 a go and some malware sends unauthorised texts at a rate of one a minute, warns GetSafeOnline.org, a national internet security initiative

Malware warning: Fraudsters are targeting smartphone users with rogue apps

Malware warning: Fraudsters are targeting smartphone users with rogue apps

The first a user is aware of it is when the huge bill lands on their doormat.

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