Watch Out For These ChatGPT Scams On The App Retailer And Google Play

Probably the most superior model of the chatbot, ChatGPT-4, provides a subscription service. As OpenAI introduced in February 2023, ChatGPT Plus is charged at a month-to-month premium of $20. There are methods to entry the service without spending a dime (however they’re quite restricted). Armed with this info, sure shady apps on these companies try to get their arms on that subscription money (and doubtlessly way more of it) underneath false pretenses.

Cybersecurity firm Sophos commonly publishes X-Ops content material, from its Superior Menace Response Joint Process Power. In a particular X-Ops report in Could 2023, the agency warned of egregious fleeceware flooding these platforms. One instance used was Chat GBT, an app that Google has since deleted from Google Play. It didn’t appear to make use of ChatGPT expertise, allowed solely three “trial” makes use of earlier than making an attempt to foist subscription fashions on customers, and demanded five-star opinions.

Not all such apps are scams, in fact. OpenAI provides a ChatGPT API to app creators, permitting for the implementation of the chatbot expertise. The makers of the apps are then charged for tokens: 750 phrases, roughly, equals 1000 tokens, and the value for these tokens pertains to the ChatGPT mannequin getting used. OpenAI states, as an illustration, that with the 32K context for ChatGPT-4, 1000 tokens prices $0.12 for completion and half that for a immediate. The gpt-3.5-turbo mannequin, in the meantime, is priced at $0.0002 per 1000 tokens.