a thorough report on the scams, along with plenty of testimony from users who say they've been duped out of hundreds of dollars. At first, it seemed like this ripoff was being run by one developer, based in Asia and using fake website and support links. That account was shut down, but there are multiple "app farms" out there engaging in similar behavior.
Some apps take the scam a step further: they sell for free, and then steal your money with in-app purchases (beware of an app called World War). To make sure you haven't been hacked, check your purchase history in iTunes for suspicious activity. As a precaution, it also doesn't hurt to change your account password and remove any saved credit card info. If you've already been scammed, call Apple and your bank and try to stop the purchases from clearing.
Monday, July 5, 2010
iPhone App Store scammers hack accounts, buy their own apps with your money