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Beware of the Fingerprint and Touch ID Scam

 

Using Your Fingerprint on Smartphones Is Not As Safe As It Used To Be

The Touch ID is a great feature used on iPhones, meant to keep our mobile data safe by asking us for a fingerprint. The Android phones have the same option as well. This security measure is supported by many apps too, asking for our fingerprint to allow sending of payments. Unfortunately, although the Touch ID adds an extra level of safety, criminals found a new way to use it and defraud victims. How does the scam work?

Watch the video below to see the Touch ID scam exposed on the news:

Touch ID App Scam Video

There has been an influx of apps lately that have been tricking users into pressing the fingerprint button at some point of the navigation. The bait comes as personal recommendations of products, depending on what the app's specialty is. As victims comply, they just accept in-app purchases of these products, most of them over $100.

Some examples of these fraudulent apps are: Calories Tracker, Fitness Balance or Heart Rate Monitor. Simply put, instead of seeing products, the victim activates the purchase by confirming it with the fingerprint.

However, don't be fooled by the fact that the niche of the three apps above is medical care. It could happen to you after downloading and using a new app, regardless the sector.

Be very careful when an app asks for your fingerprint in exchange to access tips, products or other pages.

Although the fraudulent apps have been reported to be active in the App Store (iOS) there are several apps listed on the Google Play marketplace that require occasional fingerprinting. If you have an Android smartphone, be alert, too.

 

What To Do If It's Too Late

If you are a victim of the Fingerprint Scam you could report it to Apple and get your money back. You can do that by going to: reportaproblem.apple.com and log in with your Apple ID. When you see the list with recent purchases proceed to scroll or search to find the fraudulent purchase.

Click "Report" and follow the instructions to explain what happened. You can send your report on anything you've purchased from Apple within the last 90 days. Once you've sent in the report, you should hear back from Apple in the next 48 hours.

 

Fingerprint/Touch ID Scam: How To Report

Make your family and friends aware of the Fingerprint/Touch ID Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers and questionable apps to iTunes, Google Play and the Federal Trade Commission using the links below:

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Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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