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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. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      1 rule: never buy an iPhone app thats in chinese
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Why am I not surprised that it's Chinese?
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Yeah because Chinese are the only fraudulent race! Don't be stupid waldo
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Why am I not surprised that it's Chinese?
      'cos yer racist maybe?
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Why am I not surprised that it's Chinese?
      Anytime ive had an account compromised it's been by the Chinese.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      Yeah because Chinese are the only fraudulent race! Don't be stupid waldo
      Did i say that? No. The point I was trying make was the Chinese government doesn't do anything so tons of piracy and trickery happens there. I read a while back that 99% of digital songs that people in China have were aquires illegally
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Chinese hackers are in trend today, first Google now Apple.
    1. iD3nn1s's Avatar
      iD3nn1s -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      Yeah because Chinese are the only fraudulent race! Don't be stupid waldo
      racist much?
      at least chinese ppl r good at math
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      why every time someone makes a personal opinion every one has to attack them? that is why it is a PERSONAL opinion, it does not mean all Chinese are fraudulent or anything like that, it is just what that ONE person thinks... I personally think Africa is one of the worst when it comes to scam, that does not mean I am against people from Africa... it is just based on facts and statistics... if you don't like it, then make your own opinion, don't bash others
    1. purplemonkeyspank's Avatar
      purplemonkeyspank -
      Quote Originally Posted by iD3nn1s View Post
      racist much?
      at least chinese ppl r good at math
      I think you missed the obvious sarcasm in that quote, matey...
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Nobody is bashing anybody! He said why am I not surprised it's Chinese? What does that mean then? It's like saying a man got shot, oh he was probably black! There are crooks coming from everywhere so that comment was just dumb. And hardly anybody pays for music in this day and age. Come on mate get real! its 2010 after all.
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      True if i did music I would only sell it on iTunes and not at the store but even then ppl can buy it and upload if to a torrent site for others so you still lose but I think it would take longer to get on a torrent site this way
    1. BenderRodriguez's Avatar
      BenderRodriguez -
      So do you think the app is really to blame or are more people just buying Expensive AppStore apps then call apple and complain that this happened just to get the app legit with updates available for free?
    1. Armored's Avatar
      Armored -
      I must admit that had crossed my mind...lol.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      why every time someone makes a personal opinion every one has to attack them? that is why it is a PERSONAL opinion, it does not mean all Chinese are fraudulent or anything like that, it is just what that ONE person thinks... I personally think Africa is one of the worst when it comes to scam, that does not mean I am against people from Africa... it is just based on facts and statistics... if you don't like it, then make your own opinion, don't bash others
      Thank you for havin a brain
    1. Supaman34's Avatar
      Supaman34 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dq13 View Post
      why every time someone makes a personal opinion every one has to attack them? that is why it is a PERSONAL opinion, it does not mean all Chinese are fraudulent or anything like that, it is just what that ONE person thinks... I personally think Africa is one of the worst when it comes to scam, that does not mean I am against people from Africa... it is just based on facts and statistics... if you don't like it, then make your own opinion, don't bash others
      good point my friend. some folk DO wrongfully generalize or categorize folk...but we DONT have to accept it or even honor the notion. Good to know im not the only one who can read/listen to folk and still keep my own head leveled.
    1. tnsai's Avatar
      tnsai -
      If I'm of the chinese race, and I put forth a statement like that, does that make me racist??

      I'm chinese malaysian btw, and I do generalize that my people would do anything for a quick buck.. such as poisoning baby's milk, building shoddy buildings that fold like a cheap suit during earthquakes and process sewage oil for consumption... using used hospital cottons to make comforters etc.. (and a whole lot of other "clever" reprocessed items)
    1. cory's Avatar
      cory -
      I am truly surprised guys. only four posts and its a flame war. well, I don't think Waldo was being racist at all. It has long been rumored that the Chinese Gov.. recruits hackers to run attacks on other countries. If I'm not mistaken, a few years ago a group of chinese hackers reversed engineered apple's gift cards and was selling the numbers. I think the point Waldo was trying to make was that the chinese are smart people who seam to like hacking.

      Oh and the Google thing... I'm pretty sure it was the chinese Gov. that ran them out with hacking because Google refused to remove a link to the un-cencored internet. The RUMOR (<-- take note of that word right there) is that a chinese official Googled himself and didn't like what he found and tried to get Google to censor it. When Google refused, the hacking attempts started...

      Quote Originally Posted by tnsai View Post
      using used hospital cottons to make comforters etc.. (and a whole lot of other "clever" reprocessed items)
      If thats true... thats just nasty!
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      Yeah because Chinese are the only fraudulent race! Don't be stupid waldo
      There are more knock off chunks of crap that originated in china then anywhere else. Calm down and go buy you self some sklull candy head phones, some nikee new balonce running shoes and a new rolox watch if you like china so much.

      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      Nobody is bashing anybody! He said why am I not surprised it's Chinese? What does that mean then? It's like saying a man got shot, oh he was probably black! There are crooks coming from everywhere so that comment was just dumb. And hardly anybody pays for music in this day and age. Come on mate get real! its 2010 after all.
      First off, depending on what city he was in when got shot, he probably was black. It's funny cause it's racist.

      Second, I pay for my music and the people who don't are thiefs. That's piracy plain and simple. All Waldo said was that he wasn't surprised it was the chinese. That's not racist. Stereotypes are there because of the fact that a group of people exhibit the same type of actions. When a suicide bombing happens is it racist to not be surprised it was al Qaida? China is known for fraud of many types (clothes,electronics,piracy ect. ) so being mad at waldo's statement is stupid.
    1. tnsai's Avatar
      tnsai -
      Quote Originally Posted by cory View Post
      If thats true... thats just nasty!
      Yeah, I was visiting some relatives in Hong Kong and there was a news report about it.. and my relatives were all like "omg that's the are we buy our comforters from".

      To be fair, theirs were made from "dirty cotton" scrapped from other thrown out mattresses.. so they didn't get those blood ones.

      Here is an article on the "practice"

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      Google translated.