84 dangerous scam apps found on iPhone App Store stealing your money; check full list of apps

    Nearly 7 million iPhone users are in danger from these 84 scam apps on Apple App Store. Known as fleecewear, they are stealing money and must be deleted from phones.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 13:52 IST
    These dangerous 84 scam apps available on Apple App store are stealing money. 
    These dangerous 84 scam apps available on Apple App store are stealing money.  (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)
    These dangerous 84 scam apps available on Apple App store are stealing money. 
    These dangerous 84 scam apps available on Apple App store are stealing money.  (Amritanshu Mukherjee / HT Tech)

    Apple doesn't allow users to download apps from any third-party due to safety reasons. Therefore, iPhone users have to download apps from the App store. But beware! Reportedly, as many as 84 scam apps have been found on App Store, which are tricking users out of more than $100 million annually. Shockingly, in March 2021, a list of 133 fraudulent apps with an estimated total of 500 million downloads was shared by Avast and after more than a year, 84 of them are still available on the App Store, as reported by VPN review platform VPNCheck. These scammy apps are known as fleecewear. Though they are not malicious and don't steal users' data, they come with hidden fees and charges that users never find out about. As per the report, these apps have 7.2 million downloads generating a revenue of $8.6 million every month- all stolen from iPhone users. You must check if your iPhone has any of these fleecewear apps on it.

    Here is all you need to know about these Apple Fleecewears.

    How does fleecewear work?

    According to VPNcheck, these fleecewear apps lure iPhone users with a free trial period that comes with hidden costs. They may charge users multiple times or charge a higher amount at checkout. On top of that, once the users are subscribed, it's very tough to unsubscribe from their services, and hence they continue billing even after being uninstalled. Also, they claim that the app has been recommended by Apple, however, it's not.

    How to identify these fleecewear?

    The first tell-tale sign is they are mostly entertainment apps such as virtual musical tools or utilities like flashlights and calculator or fortune-telling apps, photo or video filters or editors, volume boosters, quiz-based games, or wallpapers. Secondly, there is a flood of paid 5-star reviews posted with bogus reviewer names.

    What is Apple doing about these apps?

    Well! Apple even after a year of reporting, hasn't taken any strong steps to control these apps and prevent them from scamming iPhone users. The tech giant has refused to do anything about these fraudulent apps.

    List of fraudulent apps on Apple App store

    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

     

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    First Published Date: 18 Jul, 12:54 IST
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