Symantec Identifies Fresh Spam Run Surrounding iPhone 5
According to Symantec the security company, one fresh spam run that attempts at cashing in on the soon to be launched iPhone 5 is presently circulating online.
The company notes that 'Apple' enthusiasts are eagerly looking forward to the upcoming gadget, particularly following the earlier make that accomplished enormous success. Taking advantage of this, spammers tell Apple users that they do not require waiting till there takes place the formal launch, by dispatching them e-mails captioned, "You have been selected to receive an iPhone 5."
But when anybody clicks on the web-link embedded on the e-mail, he's diverted onto a bogus site containing a survey, which asks certain interesting questions in connection with the iPhone.
Amazingly, for sounding authentic, the spammers have crafted one STCs (standard terms and conditions) web-page, which lists the conditions as: the survey repliers must belong to USA and be aged 18-years or more; they must reply to all the questions in the awards extra questionnaire; and upon filling out the survey, they will get ten award offers accompanying the STCs.
In addition, when the user fills out the survey, he's asked for providing a personal e-mail id for obtaining the iPhone 5.
Clearly, the objective for spreading such a bogus promotion is getting as many e-mail ids as possible that subsequently can be profusely spammed. However, the fortunate aspect about the campaign is that it doesn't ask for any billing or credit card info from the survey participants, the researchers underscore.
But, Symantec adds that circumstances wherein makers of a product will distribute their item free of cost via the use of e-mails are nearly non-existent. Apparently, a lot of individuals are still to wake up and perceive this contention, whilst they continue divulging their private details devoid of thinking twice, to any person or organization that pledges a prize, the security company bemoans.
Eventually, spammers exploiting the gossips around the upcoming iPhone 5 for unleashing a spam run aren't unknown. During July 2011, AppRiver another security company reported one same kind of spam run wherein unsolicited messages were distributed touting the fresh iPhone 5 model.
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