Truecaller’s Malicious Activity Of Enrolling Users To UPI Service Is Addressed By Company, Says It’s A Bug!


Truecaller has been a handy service to everyone who needs to lookup for unknown numbers and blocks spams. Even since the app started asking permission to storage, contacts, and others, though people started suspecting, they let it in.

Truecaller’s Malicious Activity Of Enrolling Users To UPI Service Is Addressed By Company, Says It’s A Bug!

Truecaller UPI Bug
Truecaller UPI Bug

With 100million daily active users just from India, this app has been growing greatly and been expanding to many services like bus ticket booking, refer and earns, fool rings, etc. And later recently, we’ve heard that the phone number lookup company has started payments feature too as one of it’s service. Now that’s where it went wrong.

The very recent suspicious claim on the service is about, enrolling its users for UPI payments without their consent. As people found out the app’s been sending encrypted messages to ICICI bank and receiving UPI initiation confirmations in return, all without their consent. Further, this is happening in their latest version which is said to be auto-updating itself!

And this unwanted action made several users respond on Twitter and the app’s Google play store page, complaining about the app’s horrific actions without their consent and asking devs to respond immediately.

One of the incident revelations that took fine attention is from Dheeraj Kumar’s on Twitter saying I fell victim to a @Truecaller UPI scam this morning. I woke up and checked my android phone, which auto-updated a few apps, including @Truecaller. It automatically, immediately sent an encrypted SMS from my phone to an unknown number, following which @ICICIBank sent me an SMS.”

The company has responded by apologizing to its users saying that it’s a bug that’s doing all these malicious activities and they’ve done the remedies for it.

Of all these actions, the MD and CEO of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), Dilip Asbe assured users saying that Truecaller’s bug has started the onboarding process but registration can’t be completed without a two-step process that requires an OTP and bank details.

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