The long-awaited iPhone 14 should only be announced this Wednesday (7) at an official Apple event, but it has been used since late August as bait by the bad guys. From more than nine thousand fraudulent websites, criminals are keeping an eye on credit card details and credentials to access Apple’s services.
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It is a known scam alternative, but with new tricks, as reported by the digital security company Kaspersky. The attempt to defraud payment information is usually common, but now it appears accompanied by the possibility of intrusion of the account that, in the case of Apple, can give access to photos, personal data, purchases in the App Store and even leakage of confidential or sensitive information.
When carrying out the attack, criminals ask for credit card information so that the cell phone order can be carried out, and also the customer’s Apple ID. A page that simulates the appearance of the real Apple domain is displayed, giving a greater appearance of legitimacy to the scam, while false verification information indicates that everything went well — in this case, for criminals, who now have access to all user data and still generate damage to the user, who is left without a cell phone and at risk of leakage, extortion and fraud.
The total number of fake pages was detected in just 15 days and they also show a greater interest in the iPhone 14 in relation to other highly sought after consumer products. On August 25 alone, for example, 1,023 false pages were registered using terms related to the new smartphone, twice the daily average of detections recorded in a period that, in itself, was already showing acceleration.
According to Fabio Assolini, head of Kaspersky’s global research and analysis team for Latin America, a similar blow was also detected at the end of 2020, with the approach of the launch of the PlayStation 5, as well as the arrival of films such as Black Widow and Spider-Man: No Return Home. In all of them, user inattention is the main weapon, while the promise of early access or lower values serves as bait.
Tips to avoid iPhone 14 scam
Attention is the main recommendation of experts not to fall for fraud of this type. Before making a purchase, users should always check if the website accessed is legitimate, with a domain corresponding to the official one. Spelling errors, display problems, and loading failures can all be indicative of a problem.
Also, a little research can help detect scams like this. In this specific case, there is no pre-sale available for the iPhone 14 since the smartphone will only be presented this week, with orders coming later; any offer against it, especially if it involves values lower than Apple’s official ones, is a likely blow.
Distrusting links that arrive via email, instant messengers or social networks is also a good path to security. Avoid clicking, downloading applications or delivering information on such sites, even if they were sent by known contacts. When in doubt, look for official pages and legitimate services.