iOS Children Gaming Apps Are Online Casinos In Disguise
Parents might want to take note on this because it has just been found that some of the games your kids play on the family iPad may very well be secret online casinos.
The news was discovered by Twitter user and app developer Kosta Eleftheriou, who explained that an app called “Jungle Runner 2k21” actually turns into an online gambling platform if you set the VPN to a different country.
This @AppStore app pretends to be a silly platformer game for children 4+, but if I set my VPN to Turkey and relaunch it becomes an online casino that doesn’t even use Apple’s IAP. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/crnOOF0pNi — Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) April 15, 2021
The app comes with an online wheel which users can use to with spin and gamble, and even place bets with different payment options such as Visa, Mastercard, Papara, Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ethereum.
Eleftheriou further revealed that the online casino is also a scam as users in the reviews claimed that despite having deposited large amount of money, they never received the promised bonus from the app developer. But wait, it gets worse…
The scam has been on the App Store for a few months, and has even received a couple of updates. The same developer also has another app that does the same thing! It’s impossible to know how much money these scammers have made from unsuspecting users, but such schemes make bank. — Kosta Eleftheriou (@keleftheriou) April 15, 2021
The worst part is, Apple is completely oblivious about the gambling scam behind the Jungle Runner app, seeing that it has been available on the App Store for a few months now and has even received a couple of updates.
It turns out gambling apps are actually allowed on Apple so long as they’re geo-restricted to regions where said gambling activity is permitted by the law. But just because something is legal doesn’t necessarily make it ethical, and disguising online gambling scams as innocent children games are definitely unethical and should be made illegal.