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:
"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.
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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:
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