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Beware of scammers as you await the launch of Apple’s iPhone 15

By Winnie Onyando September 10th, 2023 1 min read

As the world eagerly waits for the launch of Apple’s iPhone 15 series on September 15, 2023, scammers are already manipulating users with the chance to purchase the phone ahead of its launch.

These scams encompass various fraudulent schemes, each carrying distinct risks for unsuspecting consumers, including potential data leaks and financial losses.

This scheme capitalizes on users’ eagerness to be among the first to possess Apple’s latest device.

The scammers claim they can provide pre-release iPhones and promise users the opportunity to acquire them, often at an attractive price.

On the other hand, users are asked 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. Another scam presents participants with the chance to win the new iPhone 15, provided they pay a nominal upfront fee.

To avoid falling victim to such scams, Kaspersky experts recommend the following:

Verify the source

Ensure you are dealing with reputable and authorized sellers, especially for pre-release purchases.

Avoid upfront payments

Exercise caution with offers demanding upfront payments for giveaways or pre-release products.

Use official channels

Rely on Apple’s official website or authorised retailers for genuine purchases.

Check reviews

Before making any online purchases, research the seller and review customer feedback.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

Safeguard your online accounts, especially those linked to payment methods, with 2FA.

Use a security solution

An automated security solution, like Kaspersky Premium, will protect you from all known and unknown scams.

Stay informed

Stay current on common scams and cybersecurity best practices.

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