iPhone 5 tester SMS text scam hits cellphone users

Graham cluley
Graham Cluley
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Scammers don’t just lure you into visiting their websites via email, Facebook and Twitter – you can be targeted on your mobile phone too.

For instance, there have been numerous people on the internet who have reported receiving messages like the following:

Apple needs iPhone5 testers! The first 1000 users who visit [LINK] and enter code 4444 will get to test & keep the new iPhone5.

Of course, the promotion has nothing to do with Apple (who do not do public tests of their upcoming products), and – as the iPhone 5 hasn’t even been announced yet – you have close to zero chance of receiving a free smartphone.

Instead, you’re being duped into handing over your personal information which could be used for, well.. who knows what. In the past, we’ve seen the fraudsters earn commission through the traffic they bring to an online survey, or signed-up for an expensive premium rate service.

It’s also easy to imagine how such a scheme could be used for…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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