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Kosta Eleftheriou uncovered yet another app scam on the App Store that grosses $1 million a month exemplifying Apple's troubled review process.
The App Store is a closed ecosystem full of apps that have been reviewed by Apple. It is the only place an iPhone or iPad user can obtain apps and Apple wants it to stay that way.
Kosta Eleftheriou is the developer of FlickType and has sued Apple over fraudulent apps in the App Store. His case centers around the existence of copycat apps that can duplicate his work and trick people out of money.
The latest scam app Eleftheriou discovered is called StringVPN. It violates multiple rules for the App Store, offers a $9.99/week subscription, and doesn't have a real website. The app has obvious fake reviews that are shown at the top of the list due to their 5-star rating, and the app even uses advertisements stating it is "recommended by Apple."
I don't know what's worse about this app:- "Translated" fake reviews- "Recommended by Apple" popups in Safari- https://t.co/Kq5lRrKCWc contact email- Blank website, registered in India- $9.99/week subscription- Grossing $1M (!) a monthWhat is Apple even doing?? pic.twitter.com/5oUBCJ2GNh
I don't know what's worse about this app:— Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) April 7, 2021
- "Translated" fake reviews
- "Recommended by Apple" popups in Safari
- https://t.co/Kq5lRrKCWc contact email
- Blank website, registered in India
- $9.99/week subscription
- Grossing $1M (!) a month
What is Apple even doing?? pic.twitter.com/5oUBCJ2GNh
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