iPhone Cases Recall: A Glittery Scam
Recall Glitter iPhone Case Scam: How It Works
Whenever a major manufacturer recalls faulty products – such as the Samsung Note 7 or the Toyota cars – toll-free numbers are set up for customers to call and proceed with their claim. Nowadays, the latest item in the discussion is the liquid glitter iPhone case, sold on Amazon, as well as in the Nordstrom Rack and Victoria’s Secret stores.
MixBin Electronics has just announced a recall of nearly 275,000 glitter phone cases after reports that liquid was leaking from them and causing burns and skin irritation.
The cases, made for the iPhone 6, 6s and 7, contain liquid and glitter floating in a plastic cover, which can seep out if the plastic cracks. The recall was issued after 24 worldwide reports — 19 of which came from the United States — were filed of skin irritation or chemical burns.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, one consumer has permanent scarring as a result, and another reported swelling to her leg, face, neck, chest, upper body and hands.
Unfortunately, scammers took advantage of the situation victimizing people all over the world these days, especially young ladies.
How does the scam work? Simply through the Premium Line trick. What’s what?
Watch the video below to see in action how this sneaky premium line works:
What scammers do is set up phone numbers very similar to the manufacturers’ (such as 1-888 instead 1-800). Even worse, they create brand new premium lines like the ones exposed in the video above and advertise them on social media as the official “recall phone number to call” to claim your refund.
They are then held in line for a long time, without realizing they are being charged a fortune by the minute.
How To Find Out If Your iPhone Case Is Affected
You should check with the Consumer Product Safety Commissions to see if your phone case is affected, using the link below:
Consumers with this case should stop using it immediately and contact MixBin Electronics for a full refund. MixBin Electronics can be reached toll-free at 855-215-4935 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
Recall Glitter iPhone Case Scam: How To Report
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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