A Fake Uniswap App on Google Play Store Gets 5k+ Downloads

A fake application listed on the Google Play Store claims to be a mobile version of Uniswap, the popular Ethereum-based decentralized exchange. However, Uniswap does not have a mobile app for Android or iOS users.

The Fake Uniswap app was flagged on Reddit by user r/jteepi, who called on the Ethereum community to report the app to Google, with the hope that multiple reports would lead to a delisting. 

A search for “Uniswap” on Google Play Store returns search results with the fake mobile app listed at the top of the pile. In total, the app has over 5,000 downloads, apparently including some from its creators who inflate numbers to make the application seem legitimate. 

The developers have managed to ensure a 4.4 rating for the fake Uniswap mobile app, with hundreds of fake reviews attempting to convince prospective users that they can trust the application. 

Despite the inherent risks with such an application, our team tried to install the app to see what it looked like. 

 

Red Flags on the Fake App 

First, it is worth noting that the app’s logo differs from the official Uniswap logo, which features one horse head. Instead of Uniswap’s prominent pink branding, the fake app uses a purple color. 

Users are prompted to provide a mnemonic phrase to an Ethereum wallet before using the fake Uniswap app. The hyperlink for “Terms” about the risk of giving away this otherwise personal information isn’t clickable.

There is a shabby “Terms of Services” page, though, and a “Report Issues” page that links to misleading FAQs created two months ago. That would suggest that the creators have been around for the same period and likely have victimized unsuspecting users. 

Does Uniswap Have a Mobile App? 

Uniswap doesn’t have a mobile app. This is because developing a mobile app would go against the ethos of the decentralized Uniswap project. The main Uniswap protocol is simply a collection of blockchain-based smart contracts accessible to anyone with the required developer experience.

Meanwhile, there are mobile wallets that allow users to access Uniswap front-end. Prominent examples include Metamask mobile (recently released), Trust Wallet, and Coinbase Wallet. 

Uniswap’s popularity in the crypto community means fake versions are always on the increase.  Coinfomania recently reported a fake ad directing users to a fake Uniswap website that collects seed phrases. 

Downloading apps from only official websites and not giving away mnemonic phrases appears to be the only way for users to guard against these fake phishing sites. 

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