iPhone fans, beware: scam artists are targeting you
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It's only been days since Apple announced it's newest iPhone, the 5S, and the scams are already hitting social media and email inboxes. So Dale Dixon with Better Business Bureau joined Good Morning Idaho to help shed light on some of the hoaxes.
Dixon says, "According to industry reports, as many as 2 million people have pre-ordered the new iPhone 5S, and upgrade exchanges could add another 2 million to 3 million more phones on the market. The selling price for the iPhone 5S is low but the technology is an allure to most people. In this 'Apple iPhone Promotion scam 2013,' the fraudulent messages state they have won the iPhone 5S and iPad devices as part of the newest launch. To get the winnings, email ecipients must turn over their personal information."
But that's not all. Dixon goes on to explain there's a virus and scam targeting people who've already ordered the phone. He says, "A malware being sent by email encourages iPhone users to turn over their Apple ID, passwords and financial information. The redirect puts the recipient on a website that has a URL not related to Apple. And finally, an email has been reported telling pre-order recipients their has been a delayed and to update your billing address and verify credit card information."
The BBB is reminding people to be careful, and not get fooled. Dixon says, "Apple is not giving away iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C to randomly drawn email addresses. The company is not holding a promotional award, lottery, drawing, prize, giveaway or reward. Apple is not asking for your Apple ID or other personal financial information. Apple is not having problems with your order. If you ordered a phone to be shipped shortly, check your shipping information at the Apple site. If you didn't order a phone, and you received an email stating there's a problem, delete it."
As always, the BBB has a number of resources to help you protect your identity and money. Find more at BBB's website.