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Beware of the App Store: 18 of the 1000 most profitable apps are Scam

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Apple values ​​security and, when compared to Google, is the most demanding when it’s approving apps for its app store. In fact, in the court case between Apple and Epic Games, the iPhone maker claimed that without the company’s strict review process, the App Store would be a toxic mess. But, despite being restricted and demanding, there is still something going on.

According to the most recent investigation carried out by the Washington Post (pay access)2% of the 1000 applications that generated the most revenue in the Apple app store are, in some way, fraudulent. This means that $48 million Apple users have spent too much.

Some applications mentioned in the investigation included VPNs that falsely told users that they were infected with a virus, tricking them into buying unnecessary software. Also on the list were dating apps, QR readers, and apps claiming to be from big brands like Amazon or Samsung. Some of these apps even used fake clients to climb the App Store rankings through positive reviews.

Beware of the App Store 18 of the 1000 most

For example, an application to read QR codes charges users $4.99 a week to provide this scanning service, however, the service provided is also available on the iPhone’s own camera features, completely free and “offered” by Apple.

According to estimates by the Washington Post, the apps may have deceived users by as much as $48 million, including Apple’s cut of up to 30 percent. Apple reportedly removed 12 of the 18 apps after they were flagged.

In Apple’s response to this investigation, it stated, “We hold developers to high standards to keep the App Store a safe and reliable place for customers to download software, and we will always take action against apps that can harm users.” that “Apple leads the industry with practices that put our customers’ safety first, and we will continue to learn, develop our practices, and invest the necessary resources to ensure customers have the best experience.”

second one Apple’s recent announcement, the company blocked $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions last year alone, adding that it typically detects fraud within a month of arriving at the store. During the recent trial, however, Epic accused Apple of using security as a pretext to charge up to a 30 percent fee on transactions.

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