Our attorneys are investigating allegations that Google’s ad networks are not preventing click fraud in mobile apps. According to Tune, the average amount of fraud across all ad networks is 15.17%, with some ad networks worse than others. Tune’s study determined that 35 mobile app ad-networks had fraud in 50% or more of their placements or actions. The result of this ad fraud, Tune says, is “poor quality clicks, app installs, or views,” or “straight up fraud.”

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Buzzfeed Uncovers Ad Fraud Scheme Affecting Over 125 Android Apps and Websites

An October 2018 article on Buzzfeed says that its News division uncovered a massive ad fraud scheme regarding Android apps. Using a network of shell companies in Virgin Islands and elsewhere, a group of scammers bought Android applications from smaller developers through a company called “We Buy Apps.” Buzzfeed says that the scammers tracked the actions of real users within the apps, and set up a network of bots to mimic real user behavior. According to Buzzfeed, one of the scammers admitted that they used major ad networks to monetize fraudulent ad placements in apps being used only by bots.

According to Buzzfeed, the fraudulent apps used by the scammers were installed on Android devices over 115 million times. The ad fraud scheme generated $75 million per year in stolen ad revenue for the scammers, Buzzfeed reports.

Buzzfeed says the following apps were being used by the scammers to generate fraudulent ad revenue, including from click fraud:

Android Apps Included In Ad Fraud Scheme

• 24gossip.net
• 24sportsnews.tv
• Arrow Shooter
• Basketball Throw
• BitX Cast Player Pro
• BitX Torrent Video Player
• BlinkVPN
• Bottle Escape
• Bottle Roulette
• Business Inc
• Call Analytics: Detailed Call Logger + SMS History
• Call Blocker
• Carry Over The Hill
• Carry Over The Hill – Space
• Cars Jigsaw Puzzle Game
• Cat Rescue Pro
• Cat Rescue Puzzle
• celebnow.net
• celebnow.tv
• celebritydaily.tv
• celebritytrends.tv
• Copter Escape Free
• Crazy Frog Multiplayer Game
• Crossword Solver
• Crosswords Solver Pro
• crusty.tv
• dailydally.tv
• Dots and Boxes
• Draw
• Draw In Landscape
• Drift Horizon Online
• Dropwords
• Dropwords Pro
• Duel Deck
• Emoji Switcher
• EverythingMe
• Expense Manager
• Fast & Slow Motion Video Tool
• Fit It Puzzles
• FlashLight F.Light
• Fu Torrent Pro
• FuTorrent
• Ghost Detector
• Gluten Free Food Finder
• Gluten Free Food Finder Pro
• gossipnewsdaily.com
• Grumpy Jumpy Cat
• Grumpy Weather Widget
• Guess the Game Icon Quiz
• Guess the Game Quiz – Picture Puzzle Trivia
• Guess the Restaurant Quiz – Logo Trivia Game
• healthtube.info
• Hide image, video of whatsapp
• hollywoodstories.fun
• hollywoodstory.tv
• Iconic – Guess Character Quiz – Pics Trivia Game
• inside-sports.tv
• Kids Truth and Dare
• Lazy Alarm
• Learn Animals – Puzzle Game
• Learn Colors – Surprise Eggs
• Make Money – Earn Cash
• MegaCast
• mentol.tv
• Minesweeper Classic (mines)
• Minesweeper Professional
• Mout
• Muscle Drift Simulator 2018
• Muscle Drift Simulator 2018 Pro
• newsvid.net
• Photo Editor – Pencil Sketch
• Pixel Icon Pack 2
• Plumber 10k
• Plumber Mania
• Pop Face
• Princesses & Heroes – Puzzle
• prominow.de
• Puzzle – Kids Game
• Restaurant Finder
• Restaurant Finder Pro
• Samurai Jump FREE
• scandalcity.tv
• Self Help Books
• Selfie Expert Plus/Pro
• Slow Motion Apps
• Slow Motion Video
• Slow Motion Video 2.0
• Slow Motion Video Pro
• Smart Riddles
• Smart Voice Assistant
• Split Pic 2.0
• sportdelight.com
• sportdynamite.net
• sporthassle.tv
• sportinsider.tv
• sportnewsdaily.net
• sportobserver.tv
• Sports Balls Crash
• sportstories.fun
• steep.tv
• steeptv.fr
• Superheroes Wallpaper HD
• Surpise Eggs For Kids
• Surpise Eggs Vending Machine
• Surprise Eggs – Girls
• Surprise Eggs – Kids Game
• Surprise Eggs Bulk Machine
• Surprise Eggs Factory
• Surprise Eggs for Girls
• Surprise Eggs Gumball Machine
• Surprise Eggs Vending Machine
• Teen Truth or Dare
• thetop.tv
• topcelebrity.tv
• topgossipstories.tv
• topstories.fun
• Track My Shows
• Traffic Hour
• tvstar.fr
• Twist Your Fingers
• Uniform Regulation AR670-1
• variance.tv
• vipwire.tv
• Visor
• webarena.tv
• Wheel of Surprise Eggs
• Word Search Free
• Word Search Movies

Our Ad Fraud Experience

Our attorneys are experienced in representing advertisers against large companies. For example, we represent advertisers in a class action alleging Facebook inflated its video advertising metrics. We have recovered over a billion dollars for our clients.

Our Ad Fraud Attorneys

Eric Gibbs

A founding partner at the firm, Eric has negotiated groundbreaking settlements that resulted in reforms to business practices, and have favorably shaped the laws impacting plaintiffs’ legal rights.

David Stein

David Stein represents clients in federal and state cases nationwide, ranging from securities and financial fraud class actions, to product liability, privacy, and data breach suits.

Geoffrey Munroe

Geoffrey Munroe represents plaintiffs in class action and mass tort cases in federal and state courts. Northern California Super Lawyers has named him a Rising Star (2010-2016).

Aaron Blumenthal

Aaron Blumenthal represents consumers, employees, and whistleblowers in class action and other complex litigation.

About Us

Gibbs Law Group is a California-based law firm committed to protecting the rights of clients nationwide who have been harmed by corporate misconduct. We represent individuals, whistleblowers, employees, and small businesses across the U.S. against the world’s largest corporations. Our award-winning lawyers have achieved landmark recoveries and over a billion dollars for our clients in high-stakes class action and individual cases involving consumer protection, data breach, digital privacy, and federal and California employment lawsuits. Our attorneys have received numerous honors for their work, including “Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California,” “Top Class Action Attorneys Under 40,” “Consumer Protection MVP,” “Best Lawyers in America,” and “Top Cybersecurity/ Privacy Attorneys Under 40.”

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