The fake review and rating scam is continuously rigging the Apple’s App Store charts

In this current 21st century, consumer review is the most important factor that most of us consider before purchasing anything online. Usually anything that has more rating than another similar product is considered to be more reliable, however, it is not always what it seems to be. Right now, the Tech Giant Apple is busy in dealing with apps that are not what they seem to be but are collecting millions from Apple users.

This scams is powered by fake user's reviews that plays the key role in deceiving people. Without these fake review, the application would not even make up to the top on any users preference list. The first step in this scam is the making of the application, this application is very simple and is named in such a way that it will get in the top search list. In order to assist it more in reaching the top of the list, thousands of fake reviews are made with 5 star rating. This will help to push up the rank of this app.

Kosta Eleftheriou, an iOS developer, in one of his latest tweet, brought users attention to an app called as “my pulse heart rate monitor”. In this case, the app itself is not fake and works fine and the Apple store review board did not allow anything that they shouldn’t have. The app works in similar way just like other apps. The readings may not be as accurate as the one given by the heart rate sensor in Apple watch, but the readings given by this app are somewhat near. The app start showing it’s true colors once the user has installed it and opens it up. In the beginning, a paywall will be forced against the screen and it can be turned down by the user, but this will only be available for a one time use, in order to upgrade the subscription, a payment will be required to be paid. And this payment itself is no less and range from $6.99 for a week to $16.99 for a month and $69.99 for a whole year.

The prices are made available transparently without hiding any unnecessary charges but the developers bait their users with a free three day trial that attracts the user towards the 1 week payment method that is $6.99, all of this is done without thinking of any possible consequences. This is exactly how other similar scams are running on the app store. They all rig the review system so a large number of users download it in their mobile phones and later these people are tricked in such a way that they subscribe themselves with the subscription plan.

These scams are run mostly locally, in other countries, the real rating and reviews are displayed which are no more than 1 to 2 stars. And the reason why these fake reviews are not being captured by the Apple is because of the way they are written with near-perfect English and hence manage to skip the spam filter algorithm. The only possible way to outcome this situation is if Apple starts investigating the means of payment for the apps that are going up in the list because policing every other applications review is not possible. Another way that Apple can prevent its users from falling in trap is by pushing up a notification whenever the user is going to make payment this notification will confirm the action about to be taken and could prevent it if it is not meant to happen.

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