It appears that Apple has been fooled by a fake app called "Setup for Amazon Alexa", which will help users set up the virtual Alexa assistant on their smart speaker. As indicated by 9 to 5 Mac, when the app first opens, it asks for the user's IP address, the serial number of the smart speaker, and a name for the device. App Store listing said the app teaches users how to properly configure their Alexa assistant and give it important commands
With all the new Alexa-powered smart speakers that opened during the holidays, this app has hit # 6 in Tool Category, and is the 60th most installed app gathered in the App Store. Those who receive an echo device may have searched the App Store for "Setup Amazon Alexa", which does not happen to be the name of the app. Apparently, the app is trying to keep users engaged long enough to start showing ads, and thus making cash.
The developer is a company called One World Software, which has two other apps available for iOS users. One is called "Marketplace ̵
1; Buy / Sell" and the other is a 99 cents paid app titled "Any font for Instagram." However, it appears that all three were removed by Apple earlier today. If you have any of these three apps on the iPhone, you may want to uninstall them immediately.
If you got a new Alexa powered smart speaker for your vacation, you should install the official iOS or Android Alexa app to help you set up the virtual assistant.