SCAM SMS – From (202) 735-6532: …claim your free Apple Product
Today I got this text message:
Congratulations, your number has made you Apple’s Winner! Go to http://www.apple.ca.wstw.cc and enter code: 65535 to claim your Free Apple Product!
I at first saw only apple.ca when I received the text message, because I was very busy when I got it and I really thought I won something. Maybe an iTunes credit or something like that. The reason I thought this might be something real was because I recently went to an Apple store, to get a new Battery for my old MacBook. But when I had time to actually look at the text message I was very disappointed, because this was of course not the real apple url, it was some fake url which will get forwarded to some SCAM website.
To be able to show you the site you can expect I entered the url from the text message and here is a screenshot of the site:
I opened the address again, but this time with a secure browser window. I entered the code which I received via the text message and got this pop up message…
So I deleted the last number to make it a 4 digit code and got forwarded to this domain (Screenshot):
After I came to this site I went back to the fake apple address and tried another random 4 digit code and landed again on the same site.
Unfortunately I don’t know if this is just a coincidence. It is possible that the owner of the fake apple site maybe signed up for some sort of affiliate program and get paid per visitor they refer to ziinga.
It is also not surprising that searching for the phone number brought up some additional information about this scam as well as WoT ranked the fake apple site very bad. My advise is to ignore this text message. There is on their website a “Unsubscribe” link, but unfortunately I assume this is more to confirm that your phone number / Email is in use and after trying to unsubscribe I am afraid you might get even more scam messages.
I hope this post will help lots of you not to fall for this scam.
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