Android’s Google Play Store and iPhone’s Apple iOS Store have been flooded with fake apps that mimic OpenAI’s chatbot, ChatGPT.

Fake chatbots have been used as an avenue for scammers to defraud unsuspecting users by asking for subscription fees, Nairametrics reported Tuesday.

However, the actual AI tool is currently available on their website and is free to use.

The beta version of ChatGPT, which launched on November 30, 2022, did not require users to pay subscription fees.

ChatGPT only required users to create an account with a Google or Microsoft email to allow them to use the chatbot.

However, one of the fake apps on the Apple Store placed a $7.99 subscription fee for users and recorded multiple downloads.

Our correspondent’s checks show that almost 10 results are produced in the Google Play Store, after a ChatGPT search.

Some of the apps have more than 100,000 downloads, as seen in the screenshot below:

At the time of filing this report, Apple and Google had not yet taken action on these copycat apps.

The PUNCH has reached out to Apple Support via email for feedback on the fake apps, but has not yet received feedback at the time of writing this report.

The email sent by our correspondent to Google Support had not received a response at the time of publication.

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