UC Browser is an internet browser developed by cell Web firm UCWeb, which is owned by China’s Alibaba Group. Other than being an alternative choice to Google Chrome in its homeland China, the browser is sort of fashionable in India and the corporate has even claimed that 100 million of its complete month-to-month energetic customers are from India itself.
With such an enormous consumer base and recognition, this net browser is pushing or permitting such adverts on its platform that will dupe you of a very good sum of money. One such advert rip-off not too long ago comes into gentle through which customers are being lured with the pretend Flipkart sale.
UC Browser Advert Rip-off
Our founder Abhishek, on Monday morning, quoted one Twitter consumer’s (@karticrakhra) tweet and identified how UC Browser was scamming individuals utilizing pretend show adverts.
That is what @UCBrowserIndia is as much as, really easy to rip-off individuals utilizing pretend show adverts, I’m wondering what @UCBrowser do when one thing like this occurs, @Flipkart replied as if it’s their fault, most Chineese telephone model will get cash to put in it on their telephone. t.co/f94dKd3Bi0
— Abhishek Bhatnagar (@abhishek) January 20, 2020
In a collection of tweets, the consumer writes how one in every of his acquaintances was about to get fooled with a pretend advert. As per the consumer, UC Browser confirmed a show advert providing OPPO F11 Professional smartphone in simply Rs. 2,999. Apparently, the advert was made to appear like one from Flipkart.
On clicking that advert, it took the consumer to a display screen the place extra such offers had been displayed. Try the screenshots under.
Twitter: kartic rakhra
You may see the webpage is designed in such a approach that any regular particular person would hardly discover that it’s not official Flipkart web site. Nonetheless, wanting on the listed costs, it clearly seems like a rip-off. However once more, a not so tech-savvy particular person would hardly acknowledge this.
What occurs subsequent is extra shocking. On clicking ‘Purchase Now’, the consumer is straight taken to the Paytm cost web page. Right here the consumer is requested to pay to a enterprise named Agarwal Sweets, which is promoting the Apple iPhone 11 in simply Rs. 9,990. Humorous, isn’t it?
Twitter: kartic rakhra
However, it’s not humorous for an individual who doesn’t know this nitty-gritty of apps like Paytm and who might not know a lot English. Paytm, nonetheless, confirmed a warning that ‘by no means make any advance cost to any non-trusted service provider’. However then once more, how come an individual who doesn’t perceive the entire rip-off, will perceive this warning.
Fortuitously, the talked about consumer right here didn’t make any cost as he didn’t wish to use Paytm as a cost technique. However suppose if he would have made the cost.
UC Browser Advertisements
UCWeb has launched its cell advertising and marketing platform UC Advertisements in India again in 2017. Since then, companies in domains like e-commerce, on-line journey brokers, car, leisure, IT, in addition to different SMEs can show their adverts on the UC browser.
As per the corporate, their UC Advertisements platform has even piloted advertising and marketing options with corporations like Vivo and OnePlus. However now, such adverts, it seems like the corporate isn’t correctly reviewing their purchasers’ advert and approving them similar to that.
What you must do?
To begin with, you shouldn’t use such browsers when Chrome is already coming put in in your telephones. Nonetheless, should you nonetheless wish to use UC Browser for some motive, you must know that UC Browser comes pre-loaded with an advert blocker.