Apple says it prevented more than $2 billion in App Store fraud in 2022

In 2022, Apple prevented fraud in the App Store in the amount of more than $2 billion. This is reported by 9to5Mac, citing information from the tech giant.

In total, last year the company closed 428,000 developer accounts for potentially fraudulent activity, blocked 105 million fraudulent developer accounts, deactivated 282 million fraudulent customer accounts, and blocked 198 million attempts to create new fraudulent accounts before they were even created.

Last year, Apple also protected App Store users from nearly 57,000 unreliable applications from illegitimate stores, rejected nearly 400,000 application applications due to privacy violations, and rejected more than 153,000 application applications due to spam, copying or misleading users.

Another nearly 29,000 apps were rejected last year for having hidden or undocumented features, and about 1.7 million apps were rejected from the App Store for various reasons, including fraud and privacy concerns. Also, the company blocked almost 3.9 million stolen credit cards, and for 714 thousand accounts it was forbidden to carry out transactions again.

Apple’s disclosure comes as it continues to battle antitrust laws around the world that require it to open up access to third-party app stores and sideloading. For example, this fall, the company will open access to third-party app stores and sideloading for iPhones in the European Union as part of iOS 17. This will be in response to the Digital Markets Act, which introduces a number of new requirements for platform operators such as Apple.

It was previously reported that Apple’s results for the II financial quarter, which ended on April 1, beat market forecasts. The company was able to achieve this thanks to better-than-expected iPhone sales and a strong push in India and other emerging markets.