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Warning of a Fraudulent App! - Check your purchase history

12-14-2010, 08:08 PM
#1
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Warning of a Fraudulent App! - Check your purchase history

The strangest thing happened last week to me. I had $5 credit left in my account, but when I went to buy a game I couldn't because the $5 was already gone, without me spending it! So I checked in my purchase history to see what happened to it, and I see the name of an app called "Shagginess Momo" $4.99 there when I never even downloaded it or knew what it was. So I clicked on the app link only to read the few reviews under it and find out that other people were getting their credit stolen from them too by the app without them buying it.

At first I couldn't contact Apple because the report link was no good, but eventually I contacted them and got my money back, but I'm just posting this because maybe some of you got ripped off without knowing about it. You may wanna check your purchase history. I'm surprised Apple hasn't removed this dev and his game from the store yet.

This is the link to the fraudulent app that I'm talking about...

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/shagginess-momo/id402713958?mt=8

Not surprisingly its another one of those shit games that nobody would spend a penny on and isn't even worthy of being in the store to begin with. But how is this app managing to "purchase itself" on people's accounts?

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12-14-2010, 08:10 PM
#2
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Were you part of the Gawker accounts? They could be going onto people's iTunes account who used the same passwords etc..

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12-14-2010, 08:12 PM
#3
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what is a Gawker account?

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12-14-2010, 08:22 PM
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If you had an account for Gawker.com, Fleshbot, Deadspin, Lifehacker, Gizmodo, io9, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Jezebel, or some others, 1.3 million users emails and passwords were hacked and posted on the internet.

http://blogs.forbes.com/parmyolson/2...ounts-spammed/

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12-14-2010, 08:26 PM
#5
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hmm, nah I never went to or signed up with any of those sites.

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12-14-2010, 08:27 PM
#6
Gawker is the group that owns several sites, that were hacked recently. If you had an account in one of them and used the same password for your itunes, then maybe that's how they bought that game with your account.

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12-14-2010, 08:34 PM
#7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by originalcopy View Post
Gawker is the group that owns several sites, that were hacked recently. If you had an account in one of them and used the same password for your itunes, then maybe that's how they bought that game with your account.
yeah I don't think so, my itunes pw is different from my others and I never visited any of those sites ever. This appears to be some kind of itunes type scam, and its happening to quite a few people as you can see in the reviews under the app, and those are only the people that noticed their credit was missing. There are probably a lot of people still out there who didn't notice their credit was missing or bother to check their purchase history.

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12-14-2010, 08:38 PM
#8
Id' like to know how this app bought itself in many people's accounts then. It's like reached the buying servers.

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12-14-2010, 10:54 PM
#9
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Location: Upstate NY/USA
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Wow...yea, I went to check my purchase history but a-ok. And also, wouldn't the app show up in the library in iTunes to further confirm this? To be leaving those reviews I'd guess so.
Noticed it was mentioned of having just $5 left so I'm thinking an iTunes card or similar was used. Wonder if using a credit card such as I am could get charged as well. Any difference I wonder?
12-15-2010, 12:25 AM
#10
Joined: Jul 2010
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When I buy a game they email me a receipt, so I would see it there, right?