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Anatomy of an App Store scam

Great piece by Johnny Lin about scam iOS apps, including an amazing “VPN app” that’s full of misspelled words and outrageous “free trials” that actually lead to exorbitant charges:

Buried on the third line in a paragraph of text in small font, iOS casually tells me that laying my finger on the home button means I agree to start a $100 subscription. And not only that, but it’s $100 PER WEEK? I was one Touch ID away from a $400 A MONTH subscription to reroute all my internet traffic to a scammer?

The App Store is huge. There are always going to be people trying to rip off users. It’s up to Apple to police its store and root this stuff out before its customers are bilked.

[via Dean Murphy via Marco Arment]