iPhone 7 Tester Scam

 

How The Scam Works:

(with video below) While browsing the Internet on your computer or smartphone, a pop-up comes out of nowhere. It states that Apple needs testers for the new iPhone 7 and all the information will be used towards creating the future iPhone 8. Alternatively, the pop-up could simply say that you won an iPhone 7. How does the scam work?

 

Watch How The Scam Works:

Watch the video below to see the iPhone 7 Tester scam exposed:

iPhone 7 Tester Scam Video

"Your desktop was selected to participate in the testing of the new iPhone 7 that just arrived", the pop-up might say. Those interested are required to click 'OK' and then are redirected to a questionable website, such as officialsurveyrewards.com.

Once you are redirected to the website, you are informed that Apple is looking for 20 additional Firefox [insert any operating system here] users to be part of a private group that will test the new iPhone 7.

 

$1 Bogus Shipping Fee

You are then required to answer four questions. They might be 'Yes-No' questions such as "Do you currently own any Apple products?" or "Are you interested in receiving SMS messages?". However, once you answer all these, you will receive a notification saying: "Congratulations, you qualified for the private test group. We will contact you with details. Click below to get your bonus iPhone 7. This is to say thanks for your participation (just pay $1 for the shipping)."

Needless to say, in order to pay the $1 shipping fee you are required to provide a credit card number. Just like during any other fake registration put together by scammers, you are also asked for personal information that criminals sell to third parties or use it to steal your identity.

 

How To Avoid The iPhone 7 Tester Scam:

If you get this pop-up, close it. Apple does these testings within the company and never offer free iPhones to random people for such things. There are certain procedures that need to happen before a release and asking for testers via operating systems is not one of them.

 

How To Report The iPhone 7 Tester Scam:

Make your family and friends aware of this scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here

 

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Sainath

I have received these types of offers. I want to apply them at that moment but there is no offers won by me. I have reached this post and concluded that This type of offers are scam and i have written an article on scam detector in my site.

Zarmeena Ahmadi

Hi I was doing survey about testing new iPhone 7 so suddenly I phone battery dead and I
I lost the. Msg can I get back to that please I was on get it now step

Peiyu

what I need to do after answer the questions, but didnot go to the page "get your iPhone 6", did I get virus or problem for my phone? Need to do something or not?

Mirren

Peiyu – no, you didn’t get a virus up to that point. Just don’t pay or install anything.

Big Mike

Just so it’s clear for other ESL readers:

Free iPhone 6 is BOGUS. FAKE. NOT REAL. RIPOFF. SCAM. VIRUS. VERY BAD.

Hope that helps, Zarmeena.

Deborah

Hi just recently received the pop up Congratulation your device ( my cell phone ) has been selected because need more testers for iPhone 7 http://apple.com—prize.info
Please help ! How can I keep this off my iPhone
Thank you

Cathy

I got to the enter credit info page do I have a virus now?

Kristie

I’m being hassled by a free prize scam. I haven’t put anything new on my phone, not sure how it happened. It’s a pop up that opens your browser and claims you’ve won an iPhone 7, it comes up every 5 minutes asking you to answer questions then fill out information so they can ship your gift. The site is http://www.bestewed.com. thankfully I didn’t give them any information!

Emmanuel Martinez

I kind of figured this was a scam. To good to be true.

Natali

I received an email from "Apple Test" about iPhone 7 testing. I did’t click a link provided, was 100 % sure this is a scam.

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