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'Heart Rate' app scam shakes iPhone users out of $90 by taking pulse with Touch ID

'Heart Rate' app scam shakes iPhone users out of $90 by taking pulse with Touch ID
Here is an app scam for the age, and on iOS at that. The since-removed "Heart Rate" entry in the App Store has been tricking people into measuring their pulse by utilizing the Touch ID module on older iPhones. There are plenty of third-party options that take your heart rate by using the rear camera, for instance, so the Touch ID pulse "innovation" might have flown over the head of its users.

It turned out, however, that while measuring your pulse, the app is also trying to make you authorize an in-app purchase (IAP). Apple's review process allows the IAP amount to be changed after App Store entry is approved and the developer might have then jacked up the sum to the whopping $89.99, authorized with your own fingerprint taken by the Touch ID module while you think the app is measuring your pulse only. 

A scam for the ages indeed, and the app devs deliberately dim the brightness to the lowest possible level so it's hard to tell the IAP amount before you simply authorize the payment to gain your brightness and heart rate readings back. 

Thankfully, the app was apparently meant for Portuguese language users judging from the IAP screen but the interface language is also in English and Apple has now taken a swift retribution by kicking the app out of its Store.

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13 Comments

1. mootu

Posts: 1500; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

But, but, but you don't get scams on Apple /s

3. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

But but but play store is 99% scam and free.

5. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Of course you can get scammed, but the only thing that matters is what happens after.

10. BullDozer

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 18, 2015

You are scammed already when you buy that Apple /s.

4. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's just stupid. If you want HRsensor, get a Note9 or S9. (or a cheap smartband)

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

S9 has the same results as a camera app.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Source?

11. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Google it, you lazy motherf**ker!

12. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Thats funny, i googled it and can't find anything about the camera app scamming people.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

That's because we were not talking about scamming people but measuring the pulse through the photo camera...

8. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Get an apple watch for these health apps

9. obedchuni

Posts: 332; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Can’t you see, the Dev is clever to trick the users, so silly android and

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