Apple Cracks Down On Subscription Scam Apps

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Today I received an email purporting to be from Apple. It contained a link to a (pdf?) that supposedly detailed my purchase. I did not open the link. I have made no purchase. I am pasting in the email text below. Is this a fake or Phishing email, or what?

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From: Apple Purchase Receipt #MNWBH8BBHD <[email protected]>
Sent: Friday, January 12, 2018 2:29 PM
To:[email protected]
Subject: [ Receipt ] - Thank you For Purchasing in App Store.

Apple is taking aggressive steps to curb scamming practices in the App Store. An update acknowledged on Apple’s Developer Portal reveals that screenshots added to app descriptions will be irreversibly locked in place once Apple has approved the app for entry into the App Store. Here’s the official announcement that hit developers last night. 1 day ago  Apple says it will roll out a new privacy control in spring 2021 to prevent iPhone apps from secretly shadowing people.

Thank you For Purchasing in App Store.


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Detail of your order:

LINE Manga, 360 Manga Coin

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Price: $19.99

Total: $19.99

You can check detail of your order by opening PDF file.

My apple apps subscriptions

Sincerely,

App Store.


The link was to a file 'Apple-Receipt_Purcha..'

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Posted on Jan 12, 2018 2:21 PM

Misleading iOS 'security' apps are about to be a thing of the past.

Apple has updated its developer guidelines with a new policy that bans deceptive 'virus-scanning' apps for the first time.

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From the latest App Store guidelines:

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You should not market your app on the App Store or offline as including content or services that it does not actually offer (e.g. iOS-based virus and malware scanners). Egregious or repeated behavior is grounds for removal from the Developer Program. We work hard to make the App Store a trustworthy ecosystem and expect our app developers to follow suit; if you’re dishonest, we don’t want to do business with you.

A quick search of the App Store also suggests that Apple has been quietly removing many of the apps that purport to have such capabilities, as search terms like 'virus scanner' and 'malware finder' no longer turn up results for these types of apps.

It's incredibly misleading for apps to advertise themselves as having these types of features

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As the company notes in its guidelines, it's incredibly misleading for apps to advertise themselves as having these types of features. Not because it's impossible for malicious code to find its way into the App Store (though rare, it has happened), but because Apple's developer policies make it literally impossible for any third-party app to identify such malicious code in the first place.

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What's most surprising is that it's taken Apple this long to crack down on these types of apps in the first place. Although they weren't always a big problem, it became a bigger issue over the last year as Apple automated more if its app review process, making it easier for ill-intentioned developers to sneak scammy apps into the store. Download omnigraffle 5 for mac.

Apple's new search ads, which allows developers to advertise their apps against popular search terms in the App Store, further complicated the issue. As we highlighted back in June, a number of developers were abusing search ads by promoting scammy 'virus cleaner' and 'antivirus' apps that tricked users into paying huge subscription fees for services they didn't provide.

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But by now cracking down on the entire category, the company is finally working to get these apps out for good.