iPhone 14: Kaspersky warns of fraud attempts

Phishing with new iPhones

Even before the official start of sales of the iPhone 14, numerous phishing sites were in circulation, primarily targeting sensitive user data.

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Kaspersky warning: Fake iPhone 14 sweepstakes
Kaspersky shows an example of a phishing page in German: You should receive an iPhone 14 Pro for participating in an alleged loyalty program.
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The release of the iPhone 14 and the associated Pro versions is just around the corner: the new smartphones are to be presented on September 7th and will probably be available for pre-order shortly. However, the hype surrounding the new iPhones also means that fraudsters with various phishing sites see their chance – the security experts at Kaspersky warn against this.

Fake shop websites or sweepstakes lure iPhone 14

The new iPhone 14 is offered on the fraudulent websites either for sale or as a prize in a raffle. Bank details should then be entered via online banking, which the fraudsters then use to debit an amount – but the victim does not receive a device.

Personal data is also at risk from the phishing scam: These sites can also request the entry of the Apple login data via a fake login mask, which can be intercepted after sending and potentially used for further compromise. The iCloud would then also be in the hands of the attackers.

These would not only try to get hold of the sensitive information via such websites. The cybercriminals also become active via “vishing” (short for voice phishing): Sites suggest an immediate blocking of the Apple ID, which can only be averted by calling a fake Apple hotline. The scammers then use this phone call to try to obtain personal data.

How do I protect myself from the scam?

To protect against such fraud attempts, Kaspersky recommends a basic verification of the pages for authenticity. URL formats and the spelling of company names should be checked several times before personal data is entered. In addition, links in emails should not be clicked if users do not know the sender; instead, the corresponding URL should be entered manually into the address bar.

31.8.2022 von Jusuf Hatic

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