Buyer Beware: Fake Apps Could Ruin Your Holidays

CUPERTINO, CA - Some people may not like it but in recent years the month of November has become more associated with Black Friday than Thanksgiving. As the holidays approach many will choose to skip the chaos of Black Friday in favor of shopping online, sometimes via apps but buyer beware.

According to the New York Times, hundreds of fake retail apps have popped up in Apple`s App Store in the last few weeks. The phony apps have been disguised as popular retailers such as Foot Locker, Dillard’s and even Christian Dior.

While some of the apps are harmless resulting in nothing more than annoying pop-ups others contain malware that can steal credit card info. Most of the fake apps come from developers in China.

Last week, Apple removed hundreds of fake apps after being alerted about the issue and issued a statement saying, "We`ve removed these offending apps and will continue to be vigilant about looking for apps that might put our users at risk."

As new fake apps are created to take their place just make sure to be extra careful this holiday season or you could be crying yuletide tears.