iPhone 5 tester SMS text scam hits cellphone users

Filed Under: Apple, Featured, Mobile, Spam

Scammers don't just lure you into visiting their websites via email, Facebook and Twitter - you can be targeted on your mobile phone too.

For instance, there have been numerous people on the internet who have reported receiving messages like the following:

iPhone 5 text scam on a mobile phone

Apple needs iPhone5 testers! The first 1000 users who visit [LINK] and enter code 4444 will get to test & keep the new iPhone5.

Of course, the promotion has nothing to do with Apple (who do not do public tests of their upcoming products), and - as the iPhone 5 hasn't even been announced yet - you have close to zero chance of receiving a free smartphone.

Instead, you're being duped into handing over your personal information which could be used for, well.. who knows what. In the past, we've seen the fraudsters earn commission through the traffic they bring to an online survey, or signed-up for an expensive premium rate service.

It's also easy to imagine how such a scheme could be used for stealing personal information, or gathering data that will later be used against you.

After all, whoever invited you to the bogus iPhone 5 test had no qualms about sending you SMS text spam - so they have already proven themselves to be of a dubious moral character.

Some mobile phone operators allow you to report SMS text spam to them, so they can try to block those behind it. Unfortunately the method of reporting text spam is different from operator to operator, so you will need to contact them (or visit their respective websites) for instructions.

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6 Responses to iPhone 5 tester SMS text scam hits cellphone users

  1. Jennifer · 1333 days ago

    You can fill out the complaint form here. http://www.fcc.gov/guides/spam-unwanted-text-mess...

  2. Fredrik · 1332 days ago

    Why do you hide the URL? It's interesting to know, I think.

    • matt · 1332 days ago

      because if they posted the url, they could be found liable for directing people to a scam site

  3. Deborah · 1304 days ago

    I had received this text too!

  4. guest · 1298 days ago

    This is coming up as an event on Facebook now as well.

  5. Lawrence · 1289 days ago

    Was there a number from which the sms was sent? If yes, you can report it at http://www.tellows.com (site about phone spam and scam - leave comments - let other people look up suspicious numbers)

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Graham Cluley runs his own award-winning computer security blog at https://grahamcluley.com, and is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and gives computer security presentations. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley