Early this week, you may have heard the announcement by Apple of a new product called the Apple Watch. Well, unfortunately, schemers also heard this announcement and are already reportedly trying to take advantage of it. Your BBB® has learned that not only are there some fakes reportedly being made overseas, schemers are taking to social media to target users with “Apple Giveaways.”
According to Help Net Security, schemers have set up Twitter accounts touting that the individuals they’ve tweeted are “winners” and urging them to click on a link to claim their prize. There have also been reports of Facebook event pages that urge a consumer to join the “event” and invite 100 or more of their friends in order to claim an Apple Watch. You then will be told that you have to confirm you’ve completed those tasks by entering your name and “Facebook Handle” and you’ll receive a confirmation link within 72 hours.
Unfortunately for anyone that actually completes all the steps, it appears that all they’ve done is set themselves up for is spam and possible social media account hacking. Help Net Security claims that some pages were set up on March 9th (the day of the announcement by Apple) and their website registration is blocked so you have no idea who you are communicating with.
As the release date for this new technology approaches, these types of schemes will undoubtedly become more common. As a reminder for all phishing schemes, your BBB suggests that you do not click on any links, enter into any contests or forward any messages in an effort to “win.” If you are interested in any new technological advancement or product on the market, visit the official website for the company or product itself, their related social media pages or by phone.
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