The App Store is perhaps the most lucrative app store in the world. However, high rates of return attracted not only by bona fide developers and publishers, but also fraud. In the corporate app catalog you can find a huge number of apps that can lead users astray and impose costly monthly subscription. But strangely not even that, but how in the App Store fall into such programs.
How cheaters cheat users App Store
Many apps in App Store are now being distributed via a subscription model. This is convenient for developers (financial incentive for implementation of new functions) and users themselves (regular updates and support). However, this method of monetization are crooks. The scheme of deception is very simple, but these tricks still come across quite a lot of inexperienced users.
It begins with the fact that unscrupulous developers mask their programmes under the brand name apps from major publishers. Fraudsters use similar app icons, names and even the description. In other words, attackers do everything that the user took the bait and downloaded the app on your smartphone.
In the future, users expect two versions of events:
Immediately after starting the app offers to obtain “free” subscription. Of course, the trial period ends in a few days and your Bank account being charged for the first month of subscription. The subscription price can be as small (a user is not immediately noticed), and impressive — if the scammer’s goal is to “earn” as much money as possible in a short time.
Some applications may get fraudulently to make in-app purchase. Very often, these applications simulate options-health monitoring, such as measuring pulse.
The program offers to rest my finger for Touch ID to the measurement procedure of the rhythm, however as soon as you move your finger, the app suddenly shows pop-up window with a built-in purchase.
You not knowing it, just confirmed the purchase of your fingerprint and your Bank account deducted from a few dozen to a few hundred dollars. In the process of buying attackers can deliberately reduce the brightness of the screen to the window with the internal purchase was not so easy to notice.
Most of these applications are clones placed in “Utilities”, as it is the most profitable category of programs.
Fight Apple with fraudulent applications
At the end of the 2018 Apple raided in the corporate directory and deleted a large number of “suspicious” applications. However, according to preliminary estimates, in the App Store may still be a few thousand similar programs.
It is obvious that the control of such applications should begin with the procedure of moderation. As you know, each program is checked manually, but scammers have found a way to “break the system”.
The fact is that unscrupulous developers are sent to the first test app, that actually performs the claimed function. After a certain period of time, the scammers are quietly updating their app, adding “undocumented” options. And since the moderators App Store devote far less time to check updates, hidden features, in the end, go unnoticed by the reviewers.
How to protect against application-clones
In fact, all that is necessary is to be very careful. You should pay attention not only on the icon and application name, but also the publisher. Also, be sure to read the reviews, which often you can find really useful information about the program.
How to get a refund for in-app purchase or subscription
If you still fall for the tricks of swindlers, do not hurry to get upset. The App Store allows for a full refund. The full process is described here. Important: to apply for the refund expeditiously.
The rescission of a subscription is also pretty simple. You can access it here.