Another ripoff Duolingo...
Except this one is under the name "Doulingo".
I was just browsing the App Store today and came across this
It's deceiving for first-time users of Duolingo who haven't downloaded the app yet, and it's also $3
The part that made me laugh though was at the bottom...
Just wanted to let the Duo staff know about this.
It's amazing how many copies of Duo exist out there; I've never seen people copy a single app more than Duolingo.
Ha ha, "doulingo".
But seriously, hopefully Apple will shut this sucker down fast. That's a poor copy anyway, I don't see why anyone would download it and expect it to be Duolingo...at all.
It is a bad copy, but a lot of people have fallen for it. I was looking at the comments and people were complaining that it only had one language and that it was a bad app. It's also #132 or something on the charts, which is really strange that it's so popular.
would be nice to know if it has been bought in specific countries or regions.
Are these fake apps an Apple-specific problem? I've never found them in the Google app store.
Neither have I. I can only assume that Google's systems for blocking such abusive applications are a little more sophisticated.
It's not only Apple, though: people have also reported fake Duolingo apps in the Windows app store.
Strange, eh? I've always heard it said that Google app store is the wild west compared to Apple's, yet it seems to be the other way round.
if apple's store is bigger then Google's the percentage would be lower but the number of ripoff's would be higher but it doesn't seem like this is the case...
I thought apps had to be approved by Apple before they appear in the App Store?
Thats pretty funny! There are a lot of junk apps out there, thats how they get in, I guess! :)
Actually, there's been some research done on this very topic. Basically, scammers tend to make their scams obvious in order to lower their "false positives", which are the only costly parts of the venture.
Researcher Cormac Herley of Microsoft published a paper on this phenomenon with respect to Nigerian email scammers that still say they're from Nigeria. In that case, the goal is to limit their "follow ups" to only the victims that are truly very gullible. In the case of this Duolingo ripoff, the "false positive" is people that would eventually realize it's fake and cause legal problems for the company. In both cases, they're specifically targeting users that are too oblivious to notice the obvious scam. It's evil, but fascinating.
Interesting, writchie4. Do you think part of their scheme to eliminate false positives includes writing in very bad English? I'm not convinced these scammers are as intelligent as Cormac Herley gives them credit for being. This would be amusing if it didn't work as well as it apparently does: http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/03/what-i-learned-from-nigerian-scammers
In the case of the DOUlingo scam, they get more than $2.99. They have your email address, name, and the number of the account or credit card you used to make the payment. In short, a good way to compile a list of "known" gullible people without using the shotgun approach.
Do you think part of their scheme to eliminate false positives includes writing in very bad English?
In some cases, absolutely. According to this article from a few years ago, 70% of all people that respond to scammers actually end up sending them money. That's an amazingly good ratio, and I'd be absolutely floored if their emails weren't crafted in such a way as to try to maximize it.
That article I linked to gives some insight into how organized these groups can be. Young, intelligent people are brought into the system either willingly or under threats of violence from "mafia-like" bosses that take the lion's share of any profits made, and they justify their actions because they're scared, or because they can't resist the lure of the money (the average monthly salary in Lagos is something like 750 USD). It's a bad situation all around, but their efficiency in sucking money from gullible folks is really something to behold.
Wow, this is totally an oxymoron. "Learn languages for free, only $2.99!"
Talking about oxymoron... Some guy made an app called "I am rich" that did nothing and was 1000$ and 5 people bought it.
You sure it was Apple that made the app? It doesn't seem like a very Apple thing to do.
I'm not sure, but according to the video link I posted, they didn't make it - but they did approve it.
My bad, I'm sorry. This guy made it: http://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--5OSnK8M1--/17ma89gld0ewojpg.jpg . I thought it was Apple because they have this thing going on with an overpriced, underperforming phone so i linked those 2 together.
Most of them are from Android, and you know, Android doesn't care about scammers more than Apple do
Oh, I know. Isn't the CEO Louis von Own or something? I have so many lengots in this, and I've finished my trii!
I've seen "Doulingo" before and it had Luis Van Ahn's name on the website too, making it seem like it was authentic.
Haha, well if it was "Luis Van Ahn" then that's just like "Doulingo", because Duolingo was founded by Luis Von Ahn.