The iPhone 5 has been out for about two weeks, and yes, there are already scams out there tailored to your new shiny device. Given the popularity of Apple devices, they are often the target of cybercriminals, and with all the hype about the new iPhone 5, it’s really no surprise that it has become the newest target.
BullGuard is here to help you identify the top three new scams:
1. Shipping Notification E-mails
If you’re waiting on the delivery of your new iPhone 5, you are at risk of an e-mail scam. Fake shipping notification e-mails are redirecting users to a fake website with a blackhole exploit kit. Its purpose? To deliver a malicious banking Trojan to your computer. Don’t let your excitement for the iPhone 5 let you click through to something you normally wouldn’t.
2. iPhone 5 on the Ground?
Imagine walking down the street and seeing an iPhone 5 just lying there on the ground. Would you try and pick it up? That’s just what these pranksters were counting on when they managed to get a hold of the first iPhone 5 in Amsterdam, and decided to glue it to the ground and film the hilarity that would no doubt ensue as people tried to grab a hold of it… of course to no avail.
3. E-mail Phishing Scams
There are several e-mail phishing scams which are taking advantage of the hype and excitement of Apple consumers. Several e-mails are being circulated with official looking subjects with offers to ‘test’ the iPhone 5, or touting various ‘Giveaways’. Some of these ask for your personal details and offer nothing in return, while others just deliver you a Trojan or a malicious Windows file.
When it comes down to it, never open an e-mail or download an attachment from a source you aren’t familiar with, and always think twice before providing your personal information. Of course, an internet security suite like BullGuard Internet Security 2013 is a great defence against those e-mails. It filters spam for you, so you never have to see junk e-mail, scams or phishing attempts in your inbox ever again.
Unfortunately, BullGuard doesn’t have anything to help you with iPhones lying on the ground – you’re on your own for that one. But if you do try to pick something like that up off the ground, smile, because you’re probably on camera!
Would you have stopped to try and pick up the iPhone 5??