ALERT! – Beware iPhone 12 Scam – ALERT!

Published On September 30, 2020 | By Tom Huskerson | Alerts, Fraud, Scams, Hoaxes & Hacks

First of all there is no such thing as an iPhone 12. Its a fantasy. Second, you’re not getting anything for free; especially an iPhone that does not exist.

But people are still being suckered by text messages telling them they’ve been “selected” for a “special opportunity” to receive a free iPhone 12 (you know, the one that does not exist). The average person knows there is no free lunch. But of course there are those other people that make the scam business worthwhile.

The scam works like this. A text messages hits your phone written as if it were meant for someone else but was accidentally sent to you. The scammers require you to click on a link to enter into a special “Apple 2020 Testing Program.” Trust me, Apple has plenty of help testing their products. They don’t need you.

According to Sophos here is what happens:

“…if you do click through the questions then you end up on a scam site (there were several variations, all similar – we tried the smish repeatedly) where you find there’s a courier delivery charge for the ‘free’ phone, typically between £1 and £2.

Then you end up on a credit card payment form that’s hosted on what looks like a ‘special offers’ website with a believable enough name, and with an HTTPS security padlock if you take the time to look.

Of course, if you try to pay your modest delivery charge, you are simply handing over your personal data to the crooks, including your full card number and security code.”

See what happens when you try to get something for nothing? The bottom line is that you are in charge of your own protection and security online. You need to be aware of the scams and how you can get got. Never believe that something is free. Always investigate before you go and surrender your information to anybody for any reason. If it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. Doing a little homework can save you a lot of headaches and money. In this case the the victim could have just went to the Apple website to investigate the iPhone 12. You know, the one that does not exist.

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About The Author

Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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