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Fake Retail Apps

by Kate Lynch on 2016-12-05T17:06:00-05:00 | Comments

As we move out of the aftermath of Black Friday shopping and head into the holiday shopping season, many retail companies are discovering that increasing numbers of people are shopping online. However, they are also finding an increasing number of fake retail apps popping up in the app stores, some of which may open shoppers up to serious fraudulent activity. 

According to a recent article published by the New York Times, several hundred fake retail apps have appeared in the Apple App Store. These fake apps are posing as a variety of retailers, ranging from high end luxury retailers to grocery store chains. 

"While some of the apps appeared to be relatively harmless - essentially junk apps that served up annoying pop-up adds...there are serious risks to using a fake app. Entering credit card information opens a customer up to potential financial fraud...and some fake apps encourage users to log in using their Facebook credentials, potentially exposing sensitive information." - Vindu Goel, New York Times

Of course, this is not the first time that fake apps have been used to steal personal and financial information, but the number of apps that are targeting iPhones this holiday season is unique. As always, make sure that you are careful about where you enter any personal information, including your Facebook credentials!


Goel, Vindu. (2016, November 6). Beware, iPhone Users: Fake Retail Apps Are Surging Before the Holidays. Retrieved from:

Reisinger, Don. (2016, November 7). How Fake Retail Apps Are Targeting iPhones This Holiday Season. Retrieved from:


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