Fake Word app appears on iOS App Store

All in all, Apple's walled garden approach to the App Store usually works out pretty well, but every once in a while something that shouldn't slips through the cracks. Today, though, a particularly interesting scam app slipped through – Super Racing Real Games' 'Microsoft Word 2012.'

For a mere $9.99 (competitively priced at the same rate as Apple's Pages word processor), you can have what was originally described as an app with “All features of the MAC version on your device. Intuitive navigation and familiar interface.” Of course, anyone who looked at the screenshots could tell that that was a total lie, as you can see below:

So, what does the app actually do? The screenshot looks like some sort of rudimentary word processor, but since AppAdvice called the developers out on their scam, the description has been changed to describe it as a collection of 'tips' for the 'PC and MAC' (sic) version of Word. The screenshot remains unchanged.

Chances are it'll be off the App Store before too long, but for the time being you can check it out. We seriously suggest, though, that you don't consider buying it, for obvious reasons. If you absolutely must have Word for iOS, the rumor is you have to wait until November.

This isn't the first time fake apps have appeared on the App Store. Back in September, a fake Pokemon Yellow app (which did absolutely nothing) rose all the way to the number 2 spot on the App Store's paid chart, before being removed by Apple, along with a host of other fake apps posing as big name titles.

Image via AppAdvice

Source: AppAdvice | App Store

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This sort of thing happen so rarely on the Appstore or MAS. This must be 0.001% if you do the math with the 6B+ apps available. But when this happen and this your own money, I can understand ppl being mad. However, Apple does refound

I love how the Apple fanboys love to point out when this happens on Google Play and try to make it out as if Google Play is full of problems etc. but now its happened to their own store WHAT ARE THEY GONNA SAY NOW??? BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

I actually lol'd at Pokemon Yellow getting to number 2 when it doesn't do anything....Honestly, if it were to still exist I were to recommend that to someone tomorrow, and all they caught was a yellow screen with pikachu noises for their $1.99, I think I would die laughing

How much money could I scam by creating a fake Neowin app?

I'd hope it would be $0 since the people who read Neowin are usually intelligent when it comes to technology

andrewbares said,
How much money could I scam by creating a fake Neowin app?

I'd hope it would be $0 since the people who read Neowin are usually intelligent when it comes to technology

"usually" ;-)

Really Apple, what were you thinking. Looks like the same developers have also created a video version of instagram, with their "Videogram pro" app. They even took instagrams icon.

They are not the first to shove a few worthless apps into the app store, and with the app stores policy of no refunds, they clearly are only in it to scam as many people as possible before moving on.

Apple at least need to add a "report this app" button.

Kevin Leah said,
Really Apple, what were you thinking. Looks like the same developers have also created a video version of instagram, with their "Videogram pro" app. They even took instagrams icon.

They are not the first to shove a few worthless apps into the app store, and with the app stores policy of no refunds, they clearly are only in it to scam as many people as possible before moving on.

Apple at least need to add a "report this app" button.

They do offer refunds - I've already had 4 refunds so far because of fraudulent developers making claims they can't backup.

Mr Nom Nom's said,

They do offer refunds - I've already had 4 refunds so far because of fraudulent developers making claims they can't backup.

Really?? That's great! MS needs to do that too.

sinis said,
no need, with ms you can try before you buy.

True, and IIRC if you have a developer account (which is fairly cheap from what I understand) you can unlock your phone to side load applications too.

sinis said,

no need, with ms you can try before you buy.

Incorrect. Any scam apps like these won't have trials.

Hopefully MS offers refunds like apple.

andrewbares said,

Incorrect. Any scam apps like these won't have trials.

Hopefully MS offers refunds like apple.

Even the expensive apps have trials so...

oliver182 said,

Even the expensive apps have trials so...

You missed the point. Windows Apps don't HAVE to have trials. If it is a scam app, why would the developers make it trial capable?

Mohitster said,
121 MB?? Screenshots looks no better than a notepad! LOL

WOW! In that case, I'd really be terrified of what this might be doing in the background... In my opinion, there's nothing honest going on here at all.

cybertimber2008 said,
Approval process?

Yea sometimes I wonder what the approval process actually consists of. How did this even make it past a brief look? Microsoft Word not done by Microsoft, how does that ring any alarm bells?
Of course, there are loads of "Windows MSN Live Messenger" apps (with various variation on the words) on there too but most actually are functional instant messengers I think this wasn't even a working text editor...

cybertimber2008 said,
Approval process?

I always thought Apple's approval process was really strict... But you would have thought it would have been denied just for using another company's name in the name of the title...