‘Flappy birds’ craze could put you at risk
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – A high flying app has recently had its wings clipped… flappy bird was once just a click away to download but recently the creator of the game Dong Nguyen, discontinued it.
On twitter he said “I am sorry flappy bird users, 22 hours from now I will take flappy bird down, I cannot take this anymore.”
Emily Quellett says she plays Flappy Bird daily and says that sometimes she feels like she cannot take it, due to the difficulty of the game.
She says she deleted it once but had to re-download the game because it is so addicting.
Now that it’s gone many people are looking to sell or download the game and are taking dramatic measures to do so, Emily says she saw someone trying to sell the phone with the app online for $5,000.
People are even taking drastic measures such as looking to eBay to fix the problem.
One eBay user on Sunday listed a 16GB space gray AT&T iPhone 5s with Flappy Bird installed for a starting price of $650.
Less than a day and 74 bids later, the phone is now going for $99,900.
Yes, you read that correctly, almost $100,000 for a used iPhone 5s with Flappy Bird installed
Sellers are looking to get a great return for their cherished app but according to apple there is a catch, they cant set their phone back to the factory settings or they will lose the app.
Emily says ” with that being the case they have access to your apps they have access to your passwords they have access to some possibly banking stuff too.”
I asked our viewers if they would be willing to buy or sell phones with the app on it?Here’s what a few of them said.
Dan Lopez said “I was tempted to get it just before it was taken off but didn’t get it. but yes seeing it go as high as $80,000. nope, not going to spend money on someone’s phone for a free app.”
Brain Smith matched that offer…
“I will hand deliver my phone with flappy bird anywhere in the world for $80,000… lol and some people are willing to negotiate.”
“No, but I would be willing to sell my phone with the app on there for the right price!”
Being a victim of identity theft herself, Emily reminds sellers to beware.” I think that we really need to start thinking about the consequences of putting your information out there and anyone can get it whenever they want.”