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  • Fraudulent iTunes Activity, Purchases Blamed on Chinese iOS Game



    Several reports have surfaced that multiple iOS gamers who downloaded a free Chinese-language role playing game called 帝國 Online (the English version of the app is still in beta) have experienced fraudulent activity in their iTunes account - specifically, unauthorized in-app purchases. According to a report from Apple Insider, Apple is now investigating the matter.

    Despite relatively decent user ratings, one gamer posted the following: "BEWARE. It will tap your iTunes account $ wise down to nothing. I had $50 in my account and this app on it's own took $49.00 from my account." Apple has reportedly refunded the alleged fraudulent in-app purchases claimed by some users. At this time, however, it isn't clear if the app truly bilked its players out of a decent chunk of change or if the players "didn't understand" they were making real purchases and not simply playing along with the purchase elements of the game.

    While similar incidents have been reported infrequently, Apple only began seeing this variety of problem once it changed its original policy only allowing in-app purchases for paid applications. Now, developers can serve up free apps that sell in-game elements for a fee. As a result, some complaints - possibly including those outlined above - may be the result of gamer confusion. Consequently, gamers concerned with the prospect of being tricked into making real purchases have the option to disable in-app Purchases for their iOS device.

    Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Fraudulent iTunes Activity, Purchases Blamed on Chinese iOS Game started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 68 Comments
    1. cory's Avatar
      cory -
      I hope that I didn't give off the wrong impression. I am in no way trying to bash, attack, or convince anyone of any country to not be proud of where they hail from. I was just defending my country's name from the blaitent attacks from milkycloud. I have not sterotyped anyone, nor do I plan on it. You did catch me on the spelling and I thank you for pointing out what I did not see.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      Canadians like to CLAIM they won the war of 1812 because they stopped america from invading Canada. The war was settled on a treaty. Nobody won. Just alot of lifes lost on all sides. ( I was once majoring in history)

      This arguing needs to stop, England and The USA have the same enemies, The USA,UK and Canada are all fighting the same war. This little pissing match was fun for awhile but it's getting old. I'm sorry if I honestly offended any one. Unless it's china because that country is just ****** up. China is just 1 billion communist that are gonna **** the world up as we know it one day. So let's just play nice and enjoy our idevices and uncensored Internet. (unless your in china, sorry your government censors the Internet. )
      Um, If your country was invaded and you repelled them then burned down their capital, would you qaulify that as a win?
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Um, If your country was invaded and you repelled them then burned down their capital, would you qaulify that as a win?
      No, winning is when the other side gives up or all of the other side dies. No one gave up. An agreement was made and the fighting stopped.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rob2G View Post
      No, winning is when the other side gives up or all of the other side dies. No one gave up. An agreement was made and the fighting stopped.
      That's like saying the US didn't lose in vietnam. Or that germany didn't lose world war one, because a treaty was signed
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      If I'm remembering correctly it was the British troops that burned capital. I don't even think Canada was independent at that point. I could be wrong I'll have to pull the books out tonight and look. Even If it was the Canadians good for them. Just let it go Americans are always going to say they are the best just like you will say Canada is the best. This is a argument that will never be settled.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      All canadians troops were officially British, because we were british at the time. Most troops were either from Canada or native-canadians
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Ya'll got a little mad about York huh? Lol
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Move on from the nationality insults. Anymore will result in infractions.