from DION HENRICK in Cape Town
CAPE TOWN – A RANGE of scams exploiting the excitement surrounding the imminent release of Apple’s iPhone 15 has been uncovered.
These rip-offs encompass various fraudulent schemes, each carrying distinct risks for unsuspecting consumers, including potential data leaks and financial losses.
Kaspersky has reported the cons ahead of the unveiling, expected to be on September 12.
“In the digital age, scammers are constantly adapting and exploiting our excitement for the latest tech trends,” said Tatyana Kulikova, security expert at Kaspersky.
“It’s crucial for consumers to stay vigilant, verify offers, and safeguard their personal information. Remember, if something seems too good to be true, it often is”
In one prevalent deceptive maneuver, scammers entice users with the chance to purchase the iPhone 15 ahead of its official launch.
This scheme capitalises on users’ eagerness to be among the first to possess Apple’s latest device.
Such a scam typically starts with scammers claiming they can provide pre-release iPhones and promise users the opportunity to acquire them, often at an attractive price.
To secure their “exclusive”‘ purchase, victims are required to make an upfront payment or divulge their financial information.
Additionally, users are requested to provide personal identification details such as their name, address and phone number.
Following the submission of payment, the scammers vanish, leaving victims without the promised iPhone and deprived of their funds. Beyond the financial risks, this scam also raises significant privacy concerns, as the pilfered data may potentially be sold on the Dark Market.
Another scam presents participants with the chance to win the new iPhone 15, provided they pay a nominal upfront fee.
The public has been advised to verify sources, avoid upfront payments, use official channels, enable two-factor authentication, use a security solution and stay informed to avoid falling prey.
– CAJ News