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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31 Comments

  1. Sainath says:

    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.

  2. Zarmeena Ahmadi says:

    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

  3. Peiyu says:

    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?

  4. Mirren says:

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

  5. Big Mike says:

    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.

  6. Deborah says:

    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

  7. Cathy says:

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

  8. Kristie says:

    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!

  9. Emmanuel Martinez says:

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

  10. Natali says:

    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.

  11. Teresa says:

    Received email from noreply@offertagiustaperte.com saying "Hey there,

    It is official. Apple stores are crazily giving out iPhone 6 for ONLY $1.

    In order to claim your iPhone 6 for $1, please follow the instructions below:
    1) Click this link to tell us what improvement you want to see in the upcoming iPhone 7

    2) Send us your shipment detail

    Products are limited.

    Participate iPhone 7 Survey Now!

    Sincerely,

    Apple Survey Centre"

    Obviously fake! iPhone 7 needs testers, then suddenly changes to $1 iPhone 6?

  12. Sanjana says:

    I have never had an iPhone before but I would love to.seeing people have iphones just.makes me wanna have one too.

  13. Meme says:

    I got the iPhone 7 pop up. I answered the survey questions but then did not click yes. I did not give them credit card info. I cleared browsing data then restarted my Android phone. Is there anything else I should do to protect myself.

  14. sue says:

    i need help i got a message similar to others but it was from apple.com what should i do

  15. Dee says:

    Hi I was a stupid one that gave my name, email, address, etc. except no bank / credit card details. I am now getting stupid emails. What does this mean? I am worried they have my physical address. Can I get rid of it? The pop up appeared on my iPad. I don’t know why I fell for it??!!

  16. ouedraogo delwende aristide says:

    Faites de mon rêve une réalité

  17. rohit says:

    Here is another iPhone 7 GiveAway scam:

    Win 1 of 1299 Brand New iPhones… http://iphone7-giveaway.tk/

  18. Ceppy Nurul Huda says:

    It is a scam or not?, i just got the scam via android notification from google chrome and direct me to http://14421.claimiphone7.net

  19. Helen says:

    Beware of a Wuhan Topsky Trading Ltd – Allen Woo Zhiguang Chen!! It’s a scam!

  20. Rushna says:

    I received a email from ( parcel) doesn’t have any other address only says the word parcel.. saying I am one of the 11th of the random people that has been selected to win a free iPhone 7 and that I should pay 9p only so they can verify I live in U.K.
    This is clearly a scam.
    Anything or anyone that wants u to pay using ur card even for a small amount sounds very suspicious. they only need u to enter ur card details as that’s all it takes for scammer to get hold of your indentificTion …. so be aware!

  21. Lulu says:

    I just entered for the Iphone 7 tes thing and I already complete the survey or whatever how can I get the order canceled I don’t want it anymore how do i get myself out of this

  22. Greg D says:

    New fake ripoff website sending folks to $1 iPhone scam pages.
    http://www.techreports.news/?s1=asp1532_us1

  23. sakul yadav says:

    I will be very greatful if you give me to test iphone7 so please give me to test this

  24. Hassan Mohamed says:

    I got a message about congratulation mobile user! and it mentioned that I am selected to be among of 10 persons to have a chance to win an iphone 7. I answered 4 questions and second round questions clearly, then I received another congratulations to passed questions and waiting to delivery.

  25. Aatish says:

    Can i got iphone 7

  26. Solange Mache says:

    eu gostaria muito de ter o iPhone 7
    my good iPhone 7

  27. Asees Ahmed says:

    IPhone 7 wn giveaway me???

  28. sharitta dhari says:

    I receive a pop up message ,say am one of the winner of android 4.0 apple iPhone 7 ? What is this all about,am tired of its poping up.

  29. Candy says:

    I am usually on top of my game, I was half asleep and fell for this scam and am now panicking.I answered the questions, but wasn’t asked for credit card. I did verify address and DOB. Nervous because ipad stores credit card info, can they hack. Help, how do I undo this?

  30. anabelle Peduhan Dela cruz says:

    Thanks to i iPhone 7 I got it

  31. Lydia Agbanyo says:

    My birthday is on this month and ive been asking my parnets for an iphone 7 for 4 yers but they dont care, im turning 14 and i would really love to have one. thank you

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