Scam Apple Apps Use The Fingerprint Scanner To Steal Cash

December 12, 2018

Apple has been known for their reputation of top-notch and spam free OS. Some Scam Apple Apps seems to be questioning that long built repo.  After apps posing as fitness-tracking tools were caught using the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to steal money from iOS users. According to the experts, the apps payment mechanism is activated when victims scan their fingerprint for fitness-tracking purposes.

The bogus apps named “Fitness Balance app” and “Calories Tracker app” appeared in videos posted by Reddit users. The apps were created by the same developer due to similarities in the user interface and functionality.

Scam Apple Apps and How they work

The scam starts when the app requests a fingerprint scan to allow the user to view personalized calorie tracker and diet recommendations. But once the user places their finger on the scanner, a pop-up appears showing a dodgy payment of $119.99, which is then verified by the victim’s Apple account and wired directly to the scammer. Ingenius direct transfer. Not only that the developer also got an average of 4.3 stars and had 18 positive reviews. But probably they would be fake, given that this is a known technique used by scammers. Victims reported the apps to Apple, and Apple removed them quickly from the App Store.

Apps on Apple’s App Store follow strict guidelines and are tested by the firm before being published. App Store apps are sandboxed in order to make them more secure. It is advised that you should always read reviews before downloading.

iPhone X users to activate an additional feature called Double Click to Pay.

 

 

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