Apple's new iPad is great, but it's not free, nor called iPad 3

Filed Under: Apple, Featured, Privacy, Spam

Apple's new iPadOnly hours after the launch of Apple's newest iPad we are beginning to see spammers trying to use the excitement over its release to ensnare innocent people into their scams.

The scammers are sending out emails with the subject "Where do we send your Free iPad 3, just Test & Keep! See details". The email contains an image with the text "TEST & KEEP an iPad 3 FREE - Click here".

iPad 3 spam

If you didn't notice this is a scam, you might be enticed to click. It is a really sexy piece of kit. Of course you probably already learned that there is no iPad 3. Apple has decided to simply call it the "new iPad".

When you click here you are presented with a JavaScript alert stating "Congratulations! You are the |CITY NAME| winner for |DATE|. Please select a prize and enter your email on the next page to claim."

Oddly, when you proceed to the next page you are offered a Best Buy gift card, grocery gift card or an iPad of unknown generation.

iPad giveaway scam

Perhaps the game Portal summed up these types of scams best... The cake is a lie. When you choose the iPad you are taken to another survey site promising any color of iPad 2 you wish.

It's unclear where the free iPad 3 vanished to, but it is clear that you won't be getting one for free. Follow your instincts and steer clear of offers that are too good to be true.

Some people argue that providing the information for the survey might be worth it, just in case there really is a free iPad at the end of the rainbow. After all, it's only all of your personal details.

This is a dangerous and careless attitude. Forking over your identity to scammers out of the hope you will get something for nothing is not a fair trade. If you wish to gamble, perhaps trade a dollar for a lottery ticket instead.

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8 Responses to Apple's new iPad is great, but it's not free, nor called iPad 3

  1. Jon Fukumoto · 896 days ago

    Another example of the bait-and-switch tactic. Don't fall for this scam!! There's no such thing as an iPad 3, nor believe that you'll get one for free. It just won't happen. This is another form of social engineering. Steer clear of this scam!!!

  2. The_J · 896 days ago

    Some people argue that providing the information for the survey might be worth it, just in case there really is a free iPad at the end of the rainbow. After all, it's only all of your personal details.

    ...wait...these were not readers of nakedsecurity, were they?

  3. cameron · 895 days ago

    Remember if you want to test one go in to the apple store for free and no survey and it is not even called the I pad 3

  4. Bill · 879 days ago

    We purchased new iPad this past weekend. When we returned from Apple Store with our purchase we rec'd text message stating Apple was looking for people to test & keep new ipad 3...go figure !! Scammers are really on the prowl.

  5. Greenaum · 863 days ago

    One reason I very rarely give my phone number to anyone, except friends in person. I get very little phone spam.

    I have to wonder how these cnuts are transmitting so many SMSes so cheaply. I'm sure you can buy them in bulk, but what sort of telco would do that for spammers and scammers? There's a lot of smaller telcos now, and connection is the nature of their game, so I suppose they're not keen to cut each other's connections off. But the big co's need to start getting responsible.

  6. Peter Dalton · 779 days ago

    New iPad purchased two weeks ago - still being assessed and with reservations over the machine's overall security.

    The day after using Maps to locate my iPad and village I received a SPAM email from GOOGLE - uninvited, without permission, they had used my Apple ID email and had my full name. Whatever else they have extracted from my personal data on this machine the experience provokes unease.

    What chance of an iPad App to contend with this and other security problems?will

  7. pitor · 469 days ago

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Chester Wisniewski is a Senior Security Advisor at Sophos Canada. He provides advice and insight into the latest threats for security and IT professionals with the goal of providing clear guidance on complex topics. You can follow Chester on Twitter as @chetwisniewski, on App.net as Chester, Chester Wisniewski on Google Plus or send him an email at chesterw@sophos.com.