Beware, Apple warns against scams in UAE

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Filed on November 6, 2017

The tech company issued a notification on their website

The buzz around iPhone X refuses to stop.

Apple launched its much-anticipated iPhone X models in the UAE on November 3 with superfans lining up since the earlier night to get their handsets.

The company has issued a notification on their UAE website warning its customers to be careful of a scam asking users to make payments of taxes, hospital bills, bail money, debt collection, and utility bills over the phone. These scams are committed by multiple methods, including gift cards.

Here’s how the scam works –  The scamster calls the customer to urgently make a payment by purchasing iTunes gift cards from the nearest retailer. Once purchased, they are asked to pay by sharing the 16-digit code on the back of the card with the scamster still on the call.

The apple website has warned users to avoid providing any numbers on the back of the gift care to an unknown person. Once shared, the funds will be gone to the scammer before you can complain to the Apple authorities.

Tips to avoid becoming the victim of a scam

1. If you are NOT purchasing an item from the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or an Apple Music membership, do NOT make a payment with iTunes Gift Cards. There’s no other instance in which you’ll be asked to make a payment with an iTunes Gift Card.

2. Do not provide the numbers on the back of the card to someone you do not know.

3. Immediately report potential scams to your local authorities (police department, trade commission, etc.)

(Source: Apple website)

Alert – There’s also an email scam doing the rounds

Another scam doing the rounds is a phishing scam, aimed at innocent targets over the email. In this scam, the victim received an email from Apple claiming to complete a transaction along with a receipt of an earlier purchased product/service. The contention is the purchase was you never made by you.

When you try to cancel the transaction, the webpage will take you on an apple-lookalike website asking you to share your banking details. Once shared, your bank account can be compromised.

 

Source  :  The Khaleej Times

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