Shanghai Metro users are guaranteed to download the proper application of the transportation system.
There are many applications in the app store that are visually similar.
Shanghai’s metro operator clarified on Sunday on its official Weibo account that the fake applications, including keywords “Daduhui” or “Metro”, were not approved by the city’s subway operator’s Shendong Group.
Users are advised to strictly check when downloading the app to prevent possible economic loss and leakage of personal information.
Fake applications usually have geometric shapes and colors, such as Metro Daduhui, an application of the recognized Shanghai Metro.
However, those apps are full of ads and redirect users to various shopping sites.
Netizen “Jobing” expressed annoyance at downloading a few applications, none of which are official.
Another Netizen, Siokoko, suggested that the metro operator make its official logo even more obvious.
Netizens also urged the city’s watchdog to prevent counterfeiting.
“Fake applications are suspected of trademark infringement and unfair competition,” said Qin Yupin, a lawyer with a Shanghai-based law firm. “In severe cases, they may also be involved in criminal offenses.”
Metro Daduhui has so far served more than 6.1 million users, according to the Shanghai Metro.
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