is now on sale and iPhone X is right around the corner, so
every Apple fan wants to upgrade. Scammers are taking
advantage of this by promising free handsets on social media
sites like Facebook and Instagram, but believing what you
read could prove dangerous.
Apple’s newest smartphones
aren’t cheap. iPhone 8 starts at a whopping $699, but you’ll be
coughing up at least $999 if you want the swanky iPhone X.
That’s a lot of dough, and unfortunately for many, it puts the
new iPhone lineup out of reach.
Social media pages promising a free model can look incredibly
appealing, then. In most cases, they promise a brand new
device in return for completing simple tasks, such as signing
up to a website and inviting some friends. They sound too
good to be true — and they are.
iPhone scams are all over the place
Research has identified over 530
fraudulent social accounts across platforms like
Facebook, Instagram, Google+, and even YouTube. They all
promise to “giveaway” the latest iPhone, and they’re all a
want exposure using a practice called “fame farming.” They
take advantage of your iPhone desperation by persuading you
to like their page and invite others to do the same. Others
are more malicious; they want personal information, including
Others ask you to complete surveys, and
some will even direct you to links that phish for your login
credentials to popular services, or offer up malware.
the pages use the Apple logo — or that of other popular
brands — and use words like “official” in an effort to
convince you of their authenticity. But they’re never
verified with a blue checkmark, and they will never send you
that free iPhone you were promised.
How to identify iPhone scams
has a number of recommendations for identifying these
It says you should never trust accounts that impersonate big
brands, or download and install apps they promote. Never give
up personal information — especially to a site without a SSL
or TSL certificate — and avoid following suspicious accounts.
Keep your antivirus software up-to-date, and enable
two-factor authentication on your social media accounts. This
prevents anyone from logging in, even if they do get hold of
your account credentials.
“Above all be careful what you click on social media! If it
looks suspicious, it may very well be.”
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