Apple says its App Store has halted 1.6 million fraudulent apps from defrauding its users, including ‘risky’ and ‘untrustworthy’ apps


A new investigation into App Store fraud shows that in 2021, the App Store stopped 1.6 million fraudulent apps from scamming its consumers. “Nearly $1.5 billion in fraudulent transactions” were thwarted by the App Store this year, according to Apple.

More than 34,000 apps were banned by Apple for hidden features, and more than 157,000 were spam or copycat apps. For various reasons, 343,000 apps were refused. More than 800,000 developer accounts were shut off because of fraud.

The deactivation of more than 170 million fake customer accounts as well as the rejection of 118 million fraudulent account creation attempts were major accomplishments. Since the App Review process began, 155,000 malicious apps have been rejected or deleted from the App Store for violating its terms and conditions. Apple has blacklisted 63,500 bogus apps on pirated storefronts and more than 3.3 million illegitimate apps distributed through the Enterprise Developer Program.

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According to Apple, the App Review team assisted more than 107,000 developers in 2021 with getting their apps published on the App Store. However, 835,000 problematic new apps and 805,000 app updates were rejected or removed from the App Store due to concerns such as bugs.

More than 94 million reviews and over 170 million ratings were flagged by Apple as not meeting moderation requirements, and as a result, they were removed. 610,000 more reviews were purged after publication as a result of complaints from customers and human vetting.

A total of 3.3 million stolen credit and debit cards were blocked by Apple from being used to make potentially fraudulent purchases, and an additional 600,000 App Store accounts were prohibited.

Apple has stated that it intends to keep the App Store a “secure and trusted destination for people to search and download apps” by continuing to work on detecting fraudulent behavior and accounts and preventing financial crimes.

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