The iPhone 5 is rumored to be coming out sometime between mid- and late-September, which means diehard Apple fans across the country are already loading their tents and chairs into cars in anticipation of camping out at retailers to be the first in line to grab the latest Apple phone. Many more will flock to websites looking to lock in their order for the iPhone, as well.
But Apple’s not the only one looking to cash in when the iPhone 5 hits the virtual store shelves this month, as fraudsters and Internet pirates across the globe are counting on the latest Apple frenzy to help line their pockets too.
When there is a major event, like Black Friday, Cyber Money, or a much-anticipated Apple product going on sale, it queues up the bad guys to take advantage of all the excitement. Online scammers are expected to be out in full force this month in anticipation of deal seekers. Fraudsters will be using the latest iPhone event to send out phishing scams and e-mails with infected links in an effort to extract credit card info and other personal details from unsuspecting consumers.
There are, however, some simple tips to avoid getting scammed when going online to look for the new iPhone:
- Go directly to the source. If you receive and e-mail referencing a great deal on the new iPhone, don’t click the links in the e-mail but go directly to Apple’s URL and look for that same promotion.
- Are you up-to date? Make sure you’re security software is updated with the latest patches and upgrades. That is your strongest protection and first line of defense against spyware and viruses.
- Be wary of highly-discounted phones. As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. iPhones have consistently been among the most sought-after devices since their release. Chances are you won’t be seeing any legitimate “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” offers the first week these phones go on sale.