Some of these apps are clearly bringing in huge revenue for the developers with Zodiac Master Plus, one of the apps in the Sophos list of fleeceware, being listed as the 11th highest revenue-generating app.
Another app, named Lucky Life – Future Seer, is earning more revenue than even the extremely popular Britbox, one of the UK’s most popular subscription streaming TV services.
Although you may think most people won’t be fooled into subscribing to these apps there are plenty of reviews on the App Store which show how easy it can be to rack up a big bill.
One user, posting a review, said: “We’ve just had the displeasure of finding out our daughter (who is 12 years old) has had this app on her phone ‘unknowingly’ for 5 months at a cost of £148!!!!”