There’s a clever new way to beat the iScam – something con artists have used to make extra cash.
Apple users are under threat of the new iPhone scam. The scam occurs when users get a warning message regarding a crash report while using Safari.
“Warning iOS Crash Report – Due to a third party application in your phone, iOS crashed,” the message reads. “Contact support for an immediate fix.”
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Users are then asked to call a certain number where they can give their credit card information and make a payment to solve the issue. When the phone is answered, the person on the other end notes that the problem can only be fixed with an $80 charge.
Luckily, iPhone users have figured out a way around the scam.
Some users have reported placing their phones in “airplane” mode, which turns off all connections and clears a person’s website history. Then, when Safari is reopened, the problem is fixed.
Others have noted that the problem can be prevented simply by disabling pop-up advertisements on a device. Some have suggested that the scam is actually caused by advertisements infected with malicious code.
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On Wednesday, an Apple spokesperson noted that iOS users can turn off certain features in Safari to prevent the scam from occurring on their devices. The spokesperson cautioned users from using public Wi-Fi hotspots, downloading apps from non-official websites and noted that photos taken from phones have embedded location information.
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