Apple has been known to be somewhat like a closed-door when it comes to its system. But nothing is perfect and some fraudulent apps (especially paid downloads or in-app purchases), may still sneak through.
Luckily, Apple made a very good security feature in iOS 15 that lets you directly report an app that you think is a scam or fraudulent.
Before, when you encounter a problem with an app, you need to tap the “report suspicious activity” option, which will only redirect you to the Apple Support site.
Other options you could only find back then were “Report a quality issue”, “Request a refund” or “Find my content.” None of the options offered a clear way to report a scam.
The update goes viral as product manager Richard Mazkewich and scam hunter Kosta Eleftheriou emphasize this feature over Twitter. Eleftheriou particularly tweeted that “Apple quietly added back the “Report a Problem” button in iOS 15″. The actual tweet can be found here.
Apple says the Report a Problem button is only available in certain regions — Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the US to start — but that it will expand to more “over time.”
In addition, Apple also added that the button is available on macOS Monterey, but the update is still in beta.
How to Report Scam and Fraudulent Apps?
You can easily find the report button with these steps:
Once you tap an app in the App Store, simply scroll down your screen and look for “Report a Problem”.
Then tap “Report a scam or fraud” from the options.
Whether you were already scammed or not, the best move is always to keep your iOS updated to the latest version. You should also avoid links sent by untrusted sources and download apps only from the app store.
We thank Apple for listening to its consumers. Our involvement is crucial, so if you think an app is a scam, it’s good to report them to Apple. As more people are getting involved in the community, we hope that this move from Apple will make the app store a safe place for iOS users.
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