Scam VPN App Charges $9.99/Week, Claims It Is ‘Recommended By Apple’

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Kosta Eleftheriou, who earlier asked Apple to take activity confronting faux reviews and ratings on App Store, has now reported some other scam app on iOS App Store. The app claims to exist ‘Recommended By Apple,’ and charges up to $nine.99 per week from users.

Developer Eleftheriou has been taking a dig at Apple always since the clone version of his Fleksy took over the watchOS App Store. The developer questioned Apple about why the clone version of his apps had meliorate ratings on App Shop, even though they charged exorbitant fees and had the same functionality.

He asked Apple why are at that place such apps on the App Store, despite App Shop’southward “tough” review process. Since and so, the developer has charged a lawsuit confronting Apple tree, claiming the company intentionally delayed his app review process to purchase his app. Eleftheriou has been bringing certain scam apps to attention, challenging Apple to improve the land of the App Store.

The developer highlighted some other app, by the name of “Privacy Assitant: StringVPN,” that tricks users to buy the VPN service using Apple’due south in-app purchasing organisation and charges fees as high as $9.99/week. The app also has a banner “Recommended By Apple tree” on its App Shop listing. Moreover, Eleftheriou has reported that the app does not even piece of work and even its website is just a blank page.

Eleftheriou has highlighted that the app has once more relied on the paid, simulated reviews and ratings to motion upward in the search listings. The bulk of reviews praise the app as existence “perfect” and say information technology offers “the best experience ever.” Even so, some users who genuinely bought the app thinking information technology would piece of work, claims that the VPN never connects. One user, who paid $89.99 for the app’s yearly subscription, said this:

“They did not prove the different payment options for weekly or monthly. Yearly was the only option. I’m reporting to Apple to get a refund. In that location is no way to contact them directly, and there are no reviews when I did a Google search on this App… Information technology tries to look like a “strongVPN” app, which has many positive reviews.”

Eleftheriou notes that the app is grossing around $ane million per calendar month by scamming iOS users, and has even made it to the top fifty App Store‌’s Utilities category.

App Store has been in the limelight for quite some time now, and non in a expert way. The store has been defendant of many malpractices, just the developers take had to rely on it only since Apple does not offer any way of sideloading apps on the iPhone. The situation becomes all more than confusing since only two days agone, Tim Cook touted that the App Shop has one of the stringent review processes, and said that Apple verifies the content that goes on to the App Shop.

Have you noticed whatever scam app on iOS App Store? If yes, have you reported that app to Apple? Let us know in the comments section below!


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