We have noticed a lot of Arabic developers who are currently scamming App Store customers. They have been active for months and Apple has done nothing about them. This Arabic forum post is warning from the following 3 developers: zvoid, a.d.h media and gulf apps.
I looked into one of these developers, Gulf Apps and the first thing we noticed is that their apps leads to a website that doesn’t exist http://www.gulf.apps.com/.
Now to take a closer look at their Apps
The app “Ù…ØºØ§Ù…Ø±Ø§Øª Ø³Ù†Ø¯Ø¨Ø§Ø¯” cost $3.99 and claims that it provides full episodes. It is only 0.4MB.
According to a comment on the Saudi Arabia store the App only have 7 videos and all are youtube videos. Gulf Apps most likely do not own a copyright for that cartoon as well.
As of July 11th 2010 the App is already on the top 11 paid iPhone Apps in Saudi Arabia.
Mr Bean Clips
Most likely a youtube app. $3.99 and 0.4MB as well.
False app description. All reviewers agree that the app is a scam.
Comment chaos in this app. Apple should easily track them by IP to verify that some of the commenters were the same person. As for the app it’s extremely ugly and unusable, something Apple would easily reject it if their reviewers even understood Arabic.
Almost all of the other apps by “Gulf Apps” appear to be of extreme low quality and possibly violating some copyright.
Our advice is to avoid all Apps by “Gulf Apps” at once.
Also we need to report this to Apple at once so send an email to iTunes Connect: firstname.lastname@example.org and alert them of that scammer.
We also recommend avoiding apps by “ZVOID” and “A.D.H. Media” until we look into these ppps at once.
Apple also needs to improve their app review process and hire Arabic speaking reviewers if they want to allow only high quality apps in the app store.