An obscure app that reads bar codes is scamming hundreds of App Store users by automatically initiating an expensive $156 per year subscription. And there are dozens more like it, with some charging users thousands of dollars each month for extremely minimal functionality.
App scams are nothing new.
Last summer Apple deleted an app scamming $80,000/month from iOS users. At the time, Apple promised to pay closer attention to subscription apps to prevent similar schemes in the future. Clearly, however, some are still slipping through.