Users 'test' text messaging in phishing scam
Though most users would be suspicious, a recent scam spam has spread from email and forums to Twitter, Facebook and now text messaging, according to a recent Apple Support forum posting. Users have reported seeing unsolicited texts and social-network posts claiming that "Apple" is seeking 1,000 testers for text messaging on the iPhone 5. The links go to the websites celltestnkeep.com or cellphonetesters.com and ask for email or a text message "code" to sign up.
Latest variation making the rounds
Though most Mac users already know never to send their login information for any site in response to an e-mail (often posing as the user's bank, brokerage firm, Apple or other name-brand internet companies), variations on the phishing e-mail continue to pop up, particularly just before and after Christmas. The Mac Observer's Bryan Chaffin reports getting a new one specifically aimed at MobileMe users.
Painted black with Apple logo on back
A woman at a McDonald's in Spartanburg, South Carolina was tricked out of $180 and ended up with a hand-painted plank of wood masquerading as an iPad with a home-made representation of an Apple logo on the back and an iPad screen on the front due to a scam, an in-person variation of the "brick in a box" mail order swindle, MSNBC. Authorities are on the lookout for two black males, one of which has a gold tooth, who were driving a white Impala with no rims and no tinting.
Requesting credit-card info for free service
An e-mail asking for credit card information is being sent to MobileMe and other Mac users purporting to want the info so the user can "sign up for iCloud," but it is a hoax. The iCloud service, set to begin sometime in the fall, has not rolled out yet -- and is a free offering which MobileMe members will automatically be enrolled in. The e-mail, supposedly sent from "The Apple store Team," (sic) goes on to warn MobileMe users that their subscription will be extended and invites users to "sign up" for iCloud.