iPhone Scams Abound


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iPhone Scams Abound

Troy Gill

With many consumers chomping at the bit to get their hands on a new iPhone 6, internet scammers are quickly taking advantage to distribute their wares. Immediately following the unveiling of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus, scammers began circulating email and web scams attempting to capitalize on its popularity.

Here is a look at one of the many related scams that has been in circulation since last week’s announcement.iphonescamHere, the scammers are using iPhone 6 to lure in potential victims.  If the reader follows the instructions, an adware install will commence.  Adware is a form of software that is meant to generate revenue for its author by automatically displaying advertisements. Adware is not typically anything more than an annoyance but can often seriously infringe on users privacy. This particular strain has a wide array of functionality and can make a victim’s web browsing experience fairly miserable. Thes type of attacks, also carry the possibility of malicious activity (i.e., password theft). Though its presence is not secret, it is quite good at imbedding itself into the victim’s system and can be quite difficult for the average user to remove. Since Sept 12th we have seen nearly 1 million messages associated with this campaign and of course this is just one of many. Remember, advertisements promising you something for nothing are almost always too good to be true.