Scam! Fake Apple Apps Show Up On Google Play Store
In case you were browsing the Google Play Store and found supposedly Apple-made mobile apps inside, apps that would be usually found in its own App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch use, then you should probably stay away from them.
A said “Apple Inc” developer has uploaded a series of popular iLife and iWork applications in our beloved Google Play Store. These include Garage Band, iPhoto, iMovie, Keynote, Numbers and Pages. The “apps” were just released in the Play Store with no announcement from Apple, making it seem like a very well-elaborated scam.
Not only does the developer’s name take Apple’s identity, but the developer’s website directs you to Apple’s homepage, the email is firstname.lastname@example.org and the descriptions seem rather convincing. To the unexperienced Android user, this may very well seem legit. But do you really think Apple would release such apps in their largest competitor’s app store? No way.
It seems some users have already paid for and downloaded these apps, so please beware.
Somebody at Google must have been tipped off because all of the fake apps have been removed. But the real question is, how did they get into the Google Play Store in the first place?
This is where Apple strict monitoring of the Apps they put up in the App Store is appreciated.