Apple goes to extreme lengths to protect users from any scams or loopholes that can exploit them using the App Store system, yet apps still find ways to circumvent those measures. A new research report by Sophos Labs has discovered more than 30 apps that do something they called “fleecware.”
Fleeceware references an app that tricks people into committing and purchasing expensive in-app purchases and subscriptions by tricking them into a one week trial. As noted by the report, most of the apps they found containing fleecware are “image editors, horoscope/fortune-telling/palm readers, QR code/barcode scanners, and face filter apps for adding silly tweaks to selfies.”
The report outlines specific App store guidelines that require developers to clearly state if their app includes free features, and to advertise those clearly within the App Store screenshots. Below is a list of the apps that they found to have fleecware, if you have any of these apps cancel your subscription with them.