The iPhone we are using in our everyday lives might be full of apps trying to trick us.
Apple is not new to the criticism of its App Store. The company has come up with unique ways of their own to follow through on their commitment to protecting users’ privacy.
With that, their App Store has been criticized for not allowing third party services to enter their ecosystem. Before the pandemic, the company also charges the developers a huge percent in commission for their sales in the Apple App Store.
However, just recently, a slew of scam apps have been discovered inside the iPhone’s App Store that can cause harm to its users.
iPhone Scam Apps
iPhone users are in a vulnerable state because of these scam apps.
Phone Arena reports that Apple has not taken any action against the majority of the 133 scam apps residing in its App Store that were discovered by Avast in March 2021.
These types of apps are called “fleecewear” apps. According to Vpncheck’s findings, these apps have now been downloaded 500 million times and have generated $ 365 million in revenue.
The report of Apple not taking action on these malicious activities is brought to light by the fact that even after 15 months, 84 of those apps are still available on the Apple App Store.
Fleecewear apps are created with the purpose of cheating consumers out of their money.
It is important to note that these apps do not necessarily mean they steal users’ data, but what they do is put users at risk through hidden hefty fees and charges.
The vast majority of these apps are hidden in very simple services such as daily reminder apps, scanner apps, translators, wallpaper makers, sticker makers, video editors, and many more.
These types of apps definitely have multiple free versions and alternatives in the App Store.
The fleecewear apps build their authority on the iPhone through a rush of sponsored 5-star reviews uploaded.
However, users will notice this as a scam since they are using names to disguise genuine lower-rated evaluations. This is another telltale clue that the reviews are not genuine.
They will entice users to download these programs by offering a free trial period.
They come with additional fees that are not immediately apparent and may charge users more than once or for additional amounts when they check out.
On top of that, they were developed in such a way that it is very difficult to unsubscribe from their services. As a result, it is possible that they will continue invoicing you even after you have uninstalled them.
If you have downloaded any of the 84 apps and are unable to unsubscribe, it’s best to ask your bank to stop processing any payment requests made by them.
Here are there names:
- Frames – Picture Collage Maker
- Facelab – Face Editor & Beauty
- TeasEar: ASMR Slime Antistress
- Nebula: Horoscope & Astrology
- Astroline: The Daily Horoscope
- FLMX – Video Editor
- Stickerfy: Sticker Maker
- Pixomatic – Background eraser
- SpeedPro Slow speed video edit
- Music Zen – Relaxing Sounds
- Sticker Maker – BeSticky
- Photo To Sketch – Drawing book
- Mood Balance: Self Care Tracker
- Presets for Lightroom – Vidl
- Jigsaw Puzzle – Brain Games
- Lift: Story Maker
- Dazzle – Insta stories editor
- Baby Sticker- Track Milestones
- Life Palmistry – AI Palm & Tag
- Photoly Remove Object & Editor
- Facetory: Face Yoga & Exercise
- VOCHI Video Effects Editor
- Lucky Life – Future Seer
- Dazz Cam- D3D Photo Effect
- Beat.ly Music Video Maker
- UltraFX – Effect Video Maker
- Girl Games: Unicorn Slime
- Impresso – Insta Story Editor
- PDF Scanner: Document Scan
- Dizzi – Photo & Video Effects
- Hyper Cleaner: Clean Phone
- Highlight Story Cover Maker!
- Cartoons Me – Photo Art Editor
- Sweet Pics – Baby Photo Edito
- Slimy: Anxiety Relief Slime 3D
- Frame – Slideshow Video Maker
- Auto Sticker Maker Studio
- iCons – Icon Changer App +
- ToonApp Cartoon Photo Editor
- MagicFX – Magic Video Effects
- Horoscope 2019 and Palm Reader
- Handset – Second Phone Number
- SlidePic – Slideshow Maker
- Astro+ Horoscope & Astrology
- FaceMe－Fun Personality Tests
- Widget PLUS+ – Photo & Weather
- aipic – Magic Photo Editor
- Path – Horoscope & Astrology
- Photo Collage – Collageable
- Hub – Story Templates Maker
- iWidget Pro : Custom widgets
- Video Puzzles – Magic Puzzle
- Menu Maker!
- edjing Mix – dj
- Guitar – Chords, Tabs & Games
- Piano – Lessons & Tiles Games
- WeDrum: Drums, Real Drum Games
- Metronome – Tap Tempo & Rhythm
- Guitar Tuner – Ukulele & Bass
- Guitar – real games & lessons
- Drums: Play Beats & Drum Games
- Beat maker pro – DJ Drum Pad
- Karaoke Songs – Voice Singing
- Piano Crush – Keyboard Games
- edjing Pro – music remix maker
- DJ it! – Music Mixer Pad
- Jambl: DJ Band & Beat Maker
- Guitar Play – Games & Songs
- Memoristo: Brain Test, IQ Game
- Loop Maker Pro – Music Maker
- Metronome Pro – Beat & Tempo
- Equalizer+ HD music player
- Bass Booster Volume Power Amp
- Equalizer Fx: Bass Booster App
- ScanGuru: PDF Document Scanner
- Drink Water ∙ Daily Reminder
- Password Manager – Lock Apps
- Live Wallpaper Maker: 4K Theme
- RECOLLECT: Color by Number
- Avatar Maker Character Creator
- Translator Guru: Voice & Text
- Ringtones HD ∙ Ringtone Maker
- Scanner App ∙ Scan & Sign PDF
- Translate Camera – Speak On
So, why is not Apple removing these apps from the App Store?
Given how easy it is to spot these apps, it appears that Apple cares more about its 30 percent cut, search ads business, and App Store profitability than protecting users from scammy apps, or so