Spammers Running iPhone 5 Scams

iPhone 5 Scam

Are you eagerly waiting for iPhone 5? So eagerly, that you want to pay attention to each and every rumor surrounding iPhone 5 even when Apple is yet to announce and official name for it.

You better stop following iPhone 5 rumors because your eagerness can make you lose your time, money, identity (or anything that might be precious to you) in a scam that we are warning you about.

Scammers never miss an opportunity to scam. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, online forums and email have been hotbeds for them to run their scams. The online portals have long been subject to disgusting “test & keep new iPhone/iPad/whatever” spam. Now, the iPhone 5 scam has taken to SMS. Not only are scammers wasting your time and attention, they are now also wasting your text message totals.

A couple of our Twitter followers received identical scam spam yesterday:

“Apple is looking for iPhone 5 testers! The first 1000 users that go to [scam web address] and enter [scam code] will get to test & keep a new iPhone 5.”

This SMS is fake. You will not get iPhone 5. We urge our readers to ignore this SMS and not to do anything that SMS requests. Have you received such messages? Tell us in comments.

Source: iMore

24 Replies to “Spammers Running iPhone 5 Scams”

  1. I received this text twice this morning 2-6-2012.  Once at 4:54 am and again at 7:17 am.  The texts came from 2 different numbers, one in 571 area code – Arlington, Virginia area – and one in 646 area code – New York City.  The content of the messages is the same, but each one directs me to a different website to enter different codes.  When I called the NY one, I was sent to voice mail where I can not leave a message because the “voice mail box isn’t set up yet.”  When I called the VA one, the recording says the user isn’t available.  I was pretty ticked to be woken up at 4:54 am.  They have no idea how lucky they are that I couldn’t get through to verbally tear someone a new a*hole.  

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience. I appreciate your censorship too. But please be polite and civil while posting comments.

  3. I received a message this morning (2/8/12) containing that exact language, but I deleted it once I read this article. I have no idea how they got my phone number. 

  4. I received this text today from a 301 number…..I deleted it since I figured that most anything that is too good to be true usually is.

  5. People get upset and angry over things like this. Telling them to be polite renders it pointless even having a comment box.

  6. I agree with you. But what can I do? I have been ordered to moderate comments and disallow comments carrying abusive words.

  7. I received one 5 mins ago… My pops received 1 a few days ago and filled out most of it until he realized it was a fake.

    605 area codes!

  8. Same here, just got one today 2/11/12 from a 347 area code.  I figured it was spam, but thank you for your post to confirm it!

  9. 3 or 4 text messages in the last week. The last 2 phone numbers they’re from are 407-409 3211 and 407 432 8641. Good o’ Florida.

  10. 407-409-3211—–scum sucking cokehead. he can suck something. call the number and listen to his voicemail greeting

  11. I got one at 4 am and thought it was my alarm. 1 1/2 hours to early. I was a little skeptical but I went to the website anyway. When I decided to leave without signing up, they tried to download a virus. I’m glad AVAST caught it.

  12. I received three of these texts last week, and one this morning at 4am.  They are from the (407) area code, and the number has been different each time.

  13. Received a text from (201) 912-9046 around 12:30 a.m. on April 2, 2012.

    “Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3! But only the 1st 1000 users that goto ____(website)____ and enter code BETA will Receive it!”

    I actually assumed I had been spammed via Google Plus, as the telephone number was extremely similar to the messages I have received from Google Plus’ SMS Notification service.

    I did not attempt to visit the site. A general rule of thumb, is that if you ever receive a message about an Apple product, mobile phone, or weight loss; it is generally a serious scam. Don’t visit the site.

    ALSO, if you actually Google the term “Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3! But only the 1st 1000 users,” you will receive MANY results… from COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PHONE NUMBERS. All 201 area code. New Jersey Scum–no surprise here.

    Other information:
    Carrier: Verizon Wireless
    Service: Mobile Telephone
    Communicated: ASCII/Unicode (plain text) SMS Message, No attachments.
    My Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA

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