The New York Times and New York Post discovered hundreds of counterfeit shopping apps in Apple’s App Store. This is also a problem seen in Google’s Play store. While some of these apps will display annoying banner ads, others could have more serious consequences.
Some apps may contain malware that could steal personal information. Scammers could also benefit from unsuspecting customers entering credit card information in these bogus apps.
Details may be found in a C|Net article by Dan Graziano at https://www.cnet.com/how-to/how-to-spot-fake-ios-and-android-apps.