Apple's announcement this week about the Sept. 21 release of iPhone 5 is also the announcement that scams are sure to follow.
With every big news event comes an opportunity for a scam. The opportunities when that news is about a desired electronic gadget - particularly the latest and greatest from Apple - are particularly great.
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 Monday, or a much-anticipated Apple product going on sale, it queues up the bad guys to take advantage of all the excitement,” said Gary Davis, a vice president at security tech company McAfee.
What to expect, according to McAfee are phishing scams using iPhone 5 lures to get consumers' credit card information as well as sales of fake phones.
McAfee suggests consumers:
- avoid clicking on email links and instead go directly to Apple's site to look for any advertised promotion.
- make sure all security software is current.
- use skepticism when receiving offers of deeply discounted phones.
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Mitch Lipka is one of America's leading consumer journalists and advocates. He is an expert in product safety, recalls, scams, and helping consumers get out of jams. He is a nationally known consumer columnist and runs TheConsumerChronicle.com. He lives in Worcester. You can find him on Facebook or reach him at ConsumerNews@Aol.com