Apple bans iPhone Application Developer over Scam Issue

AppStore-iconApple has banned an application developer fromĀ Vietnam regarding his fraudulent practices.

Thuat Nguyen was banned by the company Tuesday, July 6, after severalĀ iTunes customers complained that their accounts have been accessed to buy applications. The problem was those applications were all developed by Nguyen.

“Developer Thuat Nguyen and his apps were removed from the App Store for violating the developer program license agreement, including fraudulent purchase patterns,” said the company in their statement.

During the July 4 weekend, 42 out of the top 50 books by revenue all came from Nguyen.

Around 400 users reported that they were being charged for items that they did not purchase. These items turned out to be applications from Nguyen. However, this number of affected customers is very small compared to the 150 million customers of iTunes.

Due to the incident, Apple will add additional security measures in iTunes store which include multiple inquiries to the user about the code at the back of the customer’s credit card.