Anatomy of a scam, iPhone 7-style

Posted in iPhone News, Rumor by admin. Published September 2nd, 2015

Anatomy of a scam, iPhone 7-style

One week from today, Apple is expected to unveil its next version of its flagship smartphone, likely to be called the iPhone 6S. As is often the case with a major event in the consumer tech world, there are bad guys out there hoping to take advantage of all the hype.

A friend of mine recently was greeted with the popup below. It appeared on her iPad as she was browsing a Web forum. She texted me and asked whether it was legitimate. She’s a very smart and sophisticated professional, but apparently this was intriguing enough that she just had to ask. Hope springs eternal when it comes to being an iPhone 7 tester!

Fortunately, she did not begin the survey, which – had she been on a traditional PC – might have installed malware. It likely also would have requested personal, perhaps even financial, information. Instead, she took this screenshot and passed it on to me.

It’s a great lesson in how to spot an online scam. I’ve annotated the “tells”. Click on the image, then hover your cursor over each hotspot to read about them.

By the way, if you go to that URL now, this is what you’ll see.


The perpetrators either abandoned the location after getting caught or perhaps after fooling enough victims. The scam is likely still running from one or more other Web addresses. Be wary, be alert.



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