Test & Keep an iPhone 5 Spam Campaign
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A new spamming campaign which tries to take advantage from the upcoming release of the iPhone 5 was recently discovered and presented in detail on Symantec's official blog.
The hoax at hand addresses residents of the state of California and it's just one of the many fake offers surrounding future product announcements.
Apple fans can hardly wait for the new product to be launched, especially after the immense success of the previous model. Spammers promise people they don't have to wait until the official release, sending emails with the subject “You have been selected to receive an iPhone 5.”
After clicking the link from the email, the offer behind which will supposedly run out of time soon, the user is taken to a survey page which he'll have to fill out in order to claim the prize.
Upon the completion of the fake study, asking the participants questions about the iPhone, a form page is loaded where the “happy winner” has to enter his personal information.
The only purpose of this fake promotion is to obtain email addresses which later will be bombarded with spam messages. This is fortunate because no credit card or billing information is required from those who complete the online form.
At the end of the survey, the victim is once again prompted to enter his email address to claim the device.
To make everything more credible, the spammers made a Terms and Conditions page where they list a few conditions required of participants.
Situations where a manufacturer will give out free products by using email messages are close to none. It seems that many people have yet to learn this as they still give out personal information without a second thought to anyone who promises a prize.
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|Comment #1 by: PJ on 15 Oct 2011, 15:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This happened to me via text messaging from a number used by my bank to send me alerts. Not sure how they did that, but seems it should be illegal.
|Comment #1.1 by: Sly on 22 Jan 2012, 22:27 GMT|
Just recieved this I'm in Manitoba Canada
|Comment #1.2 by: NY Staters on 24 Jan 2012, 13:09 GMT|
We got this as a text message this morning, too, and we are in the state of NY.
|Comment #1.3 by: Ice Queen on 24 Jan 2012, 21:33 GMT|
I too live in Manitoba Canada and just received this message!! I tried to delete it, but still shows on my phone
|Comment #1.4 by: Mm on 26 Jan 2012, 06:27 GMT|
Got one of these in Seattle just now.
|Comment #1.5 by: Fltanningnwinter on 26 Jan 2012, 19:39 GMT|
Just received it in Florida
|Comment #1.6 by: MissB on 28 Jan 2012, 18:35 GMT|
I just received this text message and I'm in Chicago, IL
|Comment #1.7 by: Mike on 31 Jan 2012, 04:08 GMT|
I received a text message from: 973-610-6619 with below text
"Apple is looking for iPhone5 Testers! The first 1000 users that goto http://ofersofusa.com and enter code 7777 will get to test & keep the new iPhone5!"
received time: 10:45 PM
I am also not sure from where they got my number..!!
|Comment #1.8 by: Chris on 31 Jan 2012, 19:02 GMT|
I just got this as well, I'm in Seattle. No idea where they got my number. delete this if you get it!
|Comment #1.9 by: jbz on 01 Feb 2012, 16:41 GMT|
just got it also as a text - i'm in LA
|Comment #1.10 by: MR. Dudeguyman on 02 Feb 2012, 20:07 GMT|
Got a text here in Pennsylvania
|Comment #1.11 by: Chicagoskeptic on 03 Feb 2012, 05:28 GMT|
I just got this from 310-746-7134 in Chicago - text MSG to my phone. Grrr. Go get these punks!
|Comment #1.12 by: madden on 03 Feb 2012, 20:15 GMT|
just received the text in NJ
|Comment #1.13 by: Thane of Whiterun on 03 Feb 2012, 22:17 GMT|
I'm from Manitoba also and just received this message.
|Comment #1.14 by: WA guy 55 on 03 Feb 2012, 23:29 GMT|
I just received this text from (201) 423-4234. Didn't recognize the number, but though I should add it in case anyone else gets this text.
I'm in Seattle WA
|Comment #1.15 by: mb on 04 Feb 2012, 21:29 GMT|
I got one, partly responded and indeed 2 new 'subscriptions' were instantly charged to my i-phone: horoscopes and ring tones. I called my carrier (ATT) had these removed, canceled, and had ATT add a permanent subscription blocker to my phone number.
Anyone who made my error and responded to the scam should do the same.
Also be sure you have a 'lock' code on your i-phone keyboard.
|Comment #1.16 by: oman2003 on 06 Feb 2012, 23:53 GMT|
I received this text today from +1 571 239 7294: Apple needs Iphone5 testers: The first 1000 users who visit the http:/celltestnkeep.com link and enter code 1000 will get to test and keep the new iphone5.
received 4:04 PM Eastern time
|Comment #1.17 by: Tetrapike on 08 Feb 2012, 17:05 GMT|
Just recieved this text and I'm in Texas.
|Comment #1.18 by: MB on 08 Feb 2012, 23:44 GMT|
Got one in Oregon
|Comment #1.19 by: Marc on 09 Feb 2012, 13:50 GMT|
Just got in Philly
|Comment #1.20 by: Rod on 12 Feb 2012, 00:34 GMT|
Just got this about 12 min. ago (7:20pm EST). I'm in SC... came from 571-344-5137. Was stupid enough to go to the page and enter email, but stopped there. Something just didn't feel "right".
|Comment #1.21 by: Rybotnik on 12 Feb 2012, 06:44 GMT|
Just got one in Portland, Oregon. Was wondering where they got the numbers, or if it's random. I wouldn't put It past my bank or CC selling this info. Just put in my number on a citibank account to notify them of international travel. I wonder...
|Comment #1.22 by: WhatHappensInVegas on 16 Feb 2012, 04:04 GMT|
i just got one today :[ im from las vegas .
|Comment #1.23 by: lishie. on 23 Mar 2012, 08:35 GMT|
In LA. Just got one 917 680 8074
|Comment #1.24 by: Maria on 23 Mar 2012, 13:23 GMT|
Just received text message this morning from +1(469)260-5901 in California. Once you click on link at http://testiphone5.mobi and type in BETA, you're directed to enter in your name, email address, and cell phone phone, and take a survey. I closed the page immediately.
|Comment #1.25 by: Caleb on 23 Mar 2012, 20:14 GMT|
got it in houston, texas
|Comment #1.26 by: Caleb on 23 Mar 2012, 20:15 GMT|
does anyone know if these test & keep messages are legit?! Keep it updated so maybe we can all get free iPhones
|Comment #1.27 by: Juan David on 27 Mar 2012, 14:14 GMT|
Got this in Mt Vernon, Washington @ 5:45am
|Comment #1.28 by: km on 27 Mar 2012, 20:32 GMT|
got this text, MA
|Comment #1.29 by: Lindsey on 28 Mar 2012, 18:34 GMT|
Just received this message from 859-494-8670 and I'm in the state of Vermont with a MA phone number.
Message states: "Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPhone 5! But only the first 1000 users that go to http://iphone5test.co and enter the code BETA will receive it!"
|Comment #1.30 by: Ranela on 28 Mar 2012, 20:24 GMT|
Just received a scam notice from +1 (201) 912-6324
The text stated "Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPhone5! But only the 1st 1000 users that goto http://iphone5test.co and enter code BETA will Recieve it!"
|Comment #1.31 by: Ch on 29 Mar 2012, 21:23 GMT|
Rec'd in Missouri. It's everywhere now.
|Comment #1.32 by: Lovey on 31 Mar 2012, 04:09 GMT|
whose phone number do you think we should put in there?
The White House? Homeland Security? The police?
|Comment #1.33 by: spamsucks on 01 Apr 2012, 22:55 GMT|
Just received also we live in Calgary Alberta Canada
|Comment #1.34 by: MEl on 16 Jul 2012, 13:25 GMT|
I recieved the message in Pennsylvania
|Comment #1.35 by: SweatyBetty on 05 Aug 2012, 02:30 GMT|
I can't believe it I just got my new iPhone 5. I downloaded it after they sent it to my email! Cant wait to print it our and start testing it!!!
Not spam always give people you email when they ask also make sure you open all files and click all unknown links!!!
Moar fr33 stoof pl0x!!!!
|Comment #2 by: kirt on 27 Nov 2011, 16:57 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Received the spam, and I'm a resident of Maryland!
|Comment #3 by: Glab on 18 Jan 2012, 15:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Help! I can't open safari without this "offer" popping up!!!!
|Comment #4 by: Mr. Suspicious on 18 Jan 2012, 23:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I received a text message from (347) 205-2050 stating: "You have been chosen to Test & Keep the new IPhone 5. Enter 3899 on http://iphone5winner.com to validate. You can share this code with up to 3 friends." The number originates from Bronx, NY area. The scam isn't focused just on the residents of California.
|Comment #4.1 by: Andi on 19 Jan 2012, 16:11 GMT|
I just received the same text message. I rarely give out my cell phone number yet this is the second spam text I've received since Verizon sent out a new policy on releasing personal information. Any connection??
|Comment #4.2 by: Bogustxt on 19 Jan 2012, 16:27 GMT|
I just got the same text in Ohio, going to file a complaint with the Gov't Do Not Call List as my number has been registered for years.
|Comment #4.3 by: Concerned on 19 Jan 2012, 19:43 GMT|
My daughter just got this today, we live in Alabama. I am wondering if a friend gave her info out after they had clicked it or something. We deleted.
|Comment #4.4 by: Auntie on 21 Jan 2012, 20:27 GMT|
Same text, AT&T user. In Texas :)
|Comment #4.5 by: Goose on 01 Feb 2012, 18:36 GMT|
Does the govt Do No Call List apply to text messages? Did they find a loophole?
|Comment #5 by: kirkdubya on 20 Jan 2012, 03:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just received a text message version of this scam from a 347 area code (I'm in Seattle, WA)
|Comment #5.1 by: me on 31 Jan 2012, 00:54 GMT|
I received text message on tracfone from 347 area code (we live in Eastern Maine)
|Comment #6 by: LK on 20 Jan 2012, 12:05 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just got this text as well. I live in NC but still have a CT number and the text I got was from a 210 number. NY I think. I called the number to see if it was possible a person but got the "the user you have called has a voice mailbox that is not yet setup. I'm sure most people are too smart to click on the link but it is scary that someone has our phone numbers
|Comment #7 by: Christnjoy on 20 Jan 2012, 14:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Received this text from 347-497-0759 at 10:34 p.m. So they are not even a respector of time. It is illegal to solicit past 9:00 p.m. at least in Ohio. Also on the do not call list and will be filing a complaint with with the Gov't Do Not Call List.
|Comment #7.1 by: kelly on 21 Jan 2012, 01:05 GMT|
Also in Seattle,WA. Have Verizon as a carrier. Text from 347.891.4778
|Comment #7.2 by: sas on 29 Jan 2012, 07:39 GMT|
I too am on the no call list and received the text at 11:05 pm. Didn't think to file a complaint- but that's a good idea.
|Comment #7.3 by: sheshe on 15 Feb 2012, 23:21 GMT|
dont know where all these places get my cell number. it is very annoying
|Comment #7.4 by: shooting star on 21 Feb 2012, 00:44 GMT|
I'm in Ohio, too, and got this msg. at least six weeks ago. I'm not hip to the Gov. "Do Not Call" list yet, but I am noticing a trend here...Verizon seems to be the carrier of choice for the scams.
|Comment #8 by: not buying it in GA on 20 Jan 2012, 18:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It's not just California anymore. Just got the text and i'm in Georgia. Deleted the text right away !!
|Comment #8.1 by: sheshe on 15 Feb 2012, 23:17 GMT|
not sure what to think
|Comment #9 by: garrent on 20 Jan 2012, 18:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I have received this via text message as well from the number 3472055014 which states "You have been chosen to Test & Keep the new Iphone 5. Enter 3899 on http://iphone5winner.com to validate. You can share this code with 3 other friends"
I guess its a total scam. I'm to scared to check it out. This is out in Hawaii.
|Comment #9.1 by: sheshe on 15 Feb 2012, 23:17 GMT|
i also received a text to my phone
|Comment #10 by: Texbar0 on 21 Jan 2012, 00:51 UTC|| reply to this comment|
In Texas, just received one via text. Thought it was fishy.... thanks for posting the article for wary consumers....
|Comment #11 by: flylooper99 on 21 Jan 2012, 16:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I live in NY State and just received one of these texts too.
|Comment #12 by: KS on 22 Jan 2012, 22:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I live in the midwest and I was contacted on my cell phone yesterday. Being the sceptic I am I decided to check this out online and ran across Softpedia with your message on it - THANKS! Keep up the good work.
|Comment #13 by: Daveyboy on 25 Jan 2012, 11:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
(718)687-2933 3am in Seattle. Hope something is done to these guys
|Comment #14 by: Skyshrink on 26 Jan 2012, 12:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
And yet another one in Manitoba a
|Comment #15 by: BBNDC on 02 Feb 2012, 00:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
THANKS FOR THIS ARTICLE. I JUST RECEIVED A TEXT IN VIRGINIA FROM (703) 623-8015 - SAME MESSAGE
|Comment #17 by: kate on 03 Feb 2012, 03:16 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Sooooo....TRUE! Thank You for Sharing!
|Comment #18 by: la hack on 03 Feb 2012, 18:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I live in Pennsylvania and just received on of this messages on my iPhone.
Figured it was a scam, but glad I checked it out too.
|Comment #19 by: anonymous on 04 Feb 2012, 12:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
it's now in Ohio too. Feb 3 2012
|Comment #20 by: KC on 04 Feb 2012, 12:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
this came fom 678-756-3297. It's time to prosecute these spammers. My phone has been on the Do Not Call List since the beginning and yet I still keep on getting spammed.
|Comment #21 by: Tiogaguy on 04 Feb 2012, 12:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Got "my" text at 10:34PM on 2/3. I'm in Cali. Can't wait to get my "free" phone. LOL! What a bunch of Sh!t!
|Comment #22 by: Irene on 04 Feb 2012, 14:00 UTC|| reply to this comment|
got it this morning on my phone as a txt. Was filling out MY info then wondered why they need my age and phone numbers so went to my other computor and looked it up. It disappeared from my txts also.
|Comment #24 by: bookworm on 05 Feb 2012, 09:02 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just received a text from a 703 number and I live in Ohio. Got the same thing about the iPad a couple of years ago. Thanks for the article.
|Comment #25 by: Quincy1992 on 05 Feb 2012, 14:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I got it last night, from +1 (310) 467-5254 I'm in Saskatchewan Canada.. How'd they get my number..
|Comment #26 by: jrw on 05 Feb 2012, 15:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I recieved this spam via text message on my android phone through T-Mobile-from (attempted) scammed in Maine
|Comment #27 by: boxman on 05 Feb 2012, 17:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Feb 5 2012 I rec'd a simialr text from 908 731-1322 to go to http://iphone5tester.mobile and enter code 7777. Beware people! Anything to good to be true, usually is!!
|Comment #28 by: jrr on 05 Feb 2012, 18:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Got this message yesterday at 4:10 am. Always nice to wake up to spam texts. I live in NY. Sent a complaint to the FCC this morning, doubt it will matter, but it makes me feel better.
|Comment #29 by: Alaska on 06 Feb 2012, 04:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just got a text message on my iPhone offering a free iPhone 5 if I test it.
The message gives a link to celltestnkeep.com
|Comment #30 by: iPhoneScam on 06 Feb 2012, 18:52 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I got a text today from 571-239-7250 ... "Apple needs iPhone5 testers: The first 1000 users who visit http://testcellulars.com and enter code 1000..." They want your name, address, email, phone, birth-date, etc... seems like a scam to me...
|Comment #31 by: Smileyblu7 on 06 Feb 2012, 22:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Celltestnkeep.com just contacted me, on 2/6/12, in NY, via a text from 703-647-0392. They claim that Apple needs iPhone 5 testers & the first 1000 people to respond with a certain code will get to keep the iPhone 5 they test. I googled the site celltestnkeep.com before visiting it, and many sources state this is a scam.
|Comment #33 by: Sargap on 07 Feb 2012, 15:46 UTC|| reply to this comment|
got it in text message in Sacramento, CA.
|Comment #34 by: tocguy on 07 Feb 2012, 17:19 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Go to https://complaints.donotcall.gov/complaint/complaintcheck.aspx?panel=2 and file a complaint. The phone number, regardless of the medium used to contact it, is exempt from contacting if listed with the goverment Do Not Call list. So, file your complaint and get these clowns shut down.
|Comment #35 by: justaintso on 07 Feb 2012, 17:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Received text in NE Ohio, Feb. 7th from 703-505-5953 telling me to use a 4 digit code of 1000. I am a BB user with Sprint for 8 years, never wanted an iPhone. Gonna have Sprint put a perm block on this text number. If it sounds to good to be true, it usually is. READ the user agreement FIRST. This is all about looking to follow your phone activiity, what you do, accounts your have and then sell all your movements to spammers.
|Comment #35.1 by: ryan3prime on 09 Feb 2012, 01:05 GMT|
just got one texted to my phone: code 8714, cellulartesters.co
|Comment #36 by: rmiphone on 10 Feb 2012, 20:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just got the message, I'm in Dallas TX
|Comment #37 by: shy on 11 Feb 2012, 00:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i got this text from 1-347-205295 on Feb 10,2012.
i don't know how other can text to my cellular no.
|Comment #38 by: Ind on 11 Feb 2012, 04:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just received a text message from appletestandkeep on my iPhone valparaiso Indiana thank you for the alerts here I checked snooes but nothing there told me if it was a scam
|Comment #39 by: TLU on 11 Feb 2012, 13:40 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just got one this morning in Raleigh, North Carolina.
|Comment #39.1 by: Julie on 11 Feb 2012, 17:58 GMT|
Just got one in Calgary. Very concerned as I rarely give my number. This is expensive for me in Canada as I had to pay for the sms.
|Comment #40 by: lk on 12 Feb 2012, 06:03 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thanks for the report. I got a text from (347)224-1031 for this. I deleted it, but not before warning my friends about it.
|Comment #41 by: Calculus on 13 Feb 2012, 00:30 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thanks for the information. I live in Oregon and just received one of their text messages. They're using different phone numbers in different states, I guess. The message I received came from (404) 661-7636.
|Comment #42 by: VitoriaL on 13 Feb 2012, 12:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I got a text from 310-691-0974... if the number looks familiar at all...
just font accept it~
|Comment #43 by: cass on 13 Feb 2012, 14:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just got this in NJ. I clicked o n the link and put my email address in just to see what it was then i immediately typed it in to google as it seemed to good to be true i did not give out my name or address or anything else other then the first wuestion for my email address..Does anyone know if i will now recieve a million Spam emails for just going that far??
|Comment #44 by: more spam scam on 14 Feb 2012, 00:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I recevied this scam too. Want to find out who owns that website? http://www.whois.net/
|Comment #44.1 by: Boo, me too! on 14 Feb 2012, 20:02 GMT|
Just got this text in TX. It says I've been chose to test and keep an Iphone 5 at http://iappletestandkeep.com
|Comment #45 by: Butterfly882 on 14 Feb 2012, 17:34 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I am grateful for this information. I just received such a text yesterday and I started to go to the link to see what it was all about but then thought of looking up on the internet to see if this might be a scam. Initially, I had no intentions of bothering with the text information about receiving a free iphone 5 because I believed within myself to be "too good to be true" offer. After reading this I realize this is definitely the case and grateful I used a bit of sense to research future about such a bogus offer.
|Comment #47 by: DDD on 14 Feb 2012, 19:28 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just got this text in Iowa. From phone number 678-545-8330 linked to iappletestandkeep.com and told to enter 4187
|Comment #48 by: kay-kay on 14 Feb 2012, 22:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
how can I tell if many are a scam or good offer(too good to be true offers?)-----the text sounded as good as the later info of "possible scam" I taking the causious way out---accepting it could be a scam----pages on7777 code came up blank and a second write up with different dates and code---ps maybe not all my roots are BLOND!?!
|Comment #49 by: sheshe on 15 Feb 2012, 23:12 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i think this is a great idea. its always a good thing to get input from real users.
|Comment #50 by: shooting star on 21 Feb 2012, 00:37 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Unbelievable!!! I logged on tonight to get my "free" iphone, and found this message instead. Good thing I f---'d around and didn't respond 'til after this message came out... Thanks for the heads up!
|Comment #51 by: kmac on 29 Feb 2012, 05:37 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I keep getting texts with a stupid joke saying now I will be billed $9.99 a month if I don't text "stop" back. How is this legal? watch out for "myfunapps"
|Comment #51.1 by: from pitt on 15 Mar 2012, 23:47 GMT|
just got it from (813) 503-3579 (Tampa, FL). I'll keep it as evidence... just in case
|Comment #54 by: kk on 18 Mar 2012, 14:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just got it this morning in California... anybody else get it from the number
|Comment #55 by: Snow on 19 Mar 2012, 14:03 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just got this text at 2:44am on Monday morning...I'm extremely annoyed.
|Comment #56 by: sillygirl on 21 Mar 2012, 00:55 UTC|| reply to this comment|
same thing here they can go get screwed
|Comment #57 by: Hilo Hawaii on 21 Mar 2012, 04:09 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thank you for the advance warning.... I almost responded. Just curious to know how this parasites got my phone number to be able to text me....
|Comment #58 by: lilgoldie82 on 21 Mar 2012, 12:11 UTC|| reply to this comment|
just received a text message from (469) 260-5894 and this is what it reads: Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPhone5! But only the 1st 1000 users that enter code BETA at http://testiphone5.mobi Receive it!
|Comment #58.1 by: Meanies on 22 Mar 2012, 03:16 GMT|
I received the exact same message just now in WA.
|Comment #59 by: Karen on 21 Mar 2012, 18:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
got this msg today from 309-566-9435. Don't typically get text alerts
|Comment #61 by: lds on 22 Mar 2012, 09:57 UTC|| reply to this comment|
this spam is also being distributed now in new york also.
|Comment #61.1 by: InOrlando on 22 Mar 2012, 20:49 GMT|
Orlando, FL here--I just got this txt msg; glad I came across this Softpedia spam alert!
|Comment #63 by: Andy on 23 Mar 2012, 06:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
got a text sent to LA # that sent text is 6178520053
|Comment #64 by: becca2123 on 23 Mar 2012, 14:35 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I received a text from 469-260-5894, as did my sister. I'm in Ohio.
|Comment #65 by: nismo78 on 23 Mar 2012, 17:21 UTC|| reply to this comment|
just recieved text...I'm in Florida
|Comment #66.1 by: naroua on 24 Mar 2012, 21:00 GMT|
i received the same in NYC,from the # 215 407 2898
|Comment #66.2 by: andy on 26 Mar 2012, 01:00 GMT|
I received the text that said I would receive a free I phone 5 by testing it. Ya Right...Spammmmmmmm
|Comment #67 by: nanners on 25 Mar 2012, 01:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I got this message today. I recently gave my number to a taxi service I booked nonlinear and thought they may have shared my number. Anyone else have ideas for who may have shared our information?
|Comment #68 by: Jasmine on 25 Mar 2012, 04:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just got had a text message sent to me asking to go to a website to enter a code. It sounded fishy to me so I decided to look into it. So glad I did. Thanks.
|Comment #69 by: wolfman99 on 25 Mar 2012, 12:14 UTC|| reply to this comment|
this story has not mentioned the recent hoax sent through text messages that if u enter a code at a website they will let you test and keep the iphone 5
|Comment #71 by: johhny lee on 28 Mar 2012, 04:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just received this offer for the second or third time in New York. I'm glad Igoogled it and found this site.
|Comment #71.1 by: Bet on 28 Mar 2012, 10:25 GMT|
I just got this text to try and test apples new iphone5
|Comment #71.2 by: Indianapolis on 28 Mar 2012, 18:45 GMT|
Just received this on my iphone in Indianapolis from # 917.704.0375
|Comment #72 by: iphoneuser007 on 28 Mar 2012, 15:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just received a text saying "Apple is looking for people to test and keep the new iphone 5! But, only the 1st 1000 users that go to http://iphone5test.co and enter code BETA will receive it!" this text came from number (201) 360-9720
|Comment #73 by: Bonzai on 28 Mar 2012, 16:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
This is now hitting people in Minnesota as recently as March 27, 2012
|Comment #75 by: YVR on 28 Mar 2012, 18:53 UTC|| reply to this comment|
just received the txt msg from 201-912-7187 in Vancouver, BC!
|Comment #76 by: scott on 29 Mar 2012, 01:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i got a text saying free iphone for testers. from 201-912-7376
|Comment #78 by: emma on 29 Mar 2012, 16:44 UTC|| reply to this comment|
In Toronto, Ontario. Just received the text from 1-201-616-8659.
|Comment #79 by: Tired of BS on 29 Mar 2012, 19:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just received this in text form from
|Comment #80 by: Ralph on 29 Mar 2012, 20:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just got this bogus SMS message today.
I hate their greasy guts !!
I want them to be drawn and quartered and the chunks sent to the ends of the EARTH !
|Comment #81 by: S Dhugga on 29 Mar 2012, 20:49 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just received message below from 1-201-377-8452
Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPhone5! But only 1st 1000 user that goto http://iphone5test.co and enter code BETA will Receive it!
THIS IS SPAM
|Comment #82 by: Sam on 29 Mar 2012, 21:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I received this message today
Apple needs iPhone5 testers:The first 1000 users who visit http://celltestnkeep.com and enter code 1000 will get to test & keep the new iPhone5.
Is Apple aware of this? The phone number was 703-609-7910
|Comment #83 by: Yrielle on 30 Mar 2012, 00:24 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thank you for the info. I just received this offer, I am from Puerto Rico
|Comment #84 by: Nick Peterson on 30 Mar 2012, 03:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Received this as a text message from 859-494-8670
Glad I looked it up before supplying any personal information.
Perhaps "Piracy Policy" would be a more accurate description...
|Comment #85 by: Mate on 30 Mar 2012, 12:06 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just got this test. Same as everyone else I read about, but we are differrent as we live in Ontario, Canada. Good thing it couldn't go through as you had to be a US citizen. It wouldn't accept my information. Thank goodness!
|Comment #86.1 by: Molly on 30 Mar 2012, 16:55 GMT|
Just got one this morning... I'm in Calgary, Alberta - Canada
|Comment #86.2 by: wolfer on 30 Mar 2012, 18:58 GMT|
got text from512-739-8305 for test and keep new iphone5 valid for 24 hours. How do thye get your number. I live in a small town in Nebraska.
|Comment #87 by: EG on 31 Mar 2012, 17:19 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thank you for posting this information! I got the same scam text message in Tucson, AZ from phone number 973.432.3173. There isn't a law against this??? Since phone numbers are provided, can't something be done to the individuals who set up these phone accounts? It's all completely traceable.
|Comment #88 by: Janna on 01 Apr 2012, 19:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just got the message today in Salem Oregon.
|Comment #89 by: Nick on 02 Apr 2012, 07:13 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Received a text from (201) 912-9046 around 12:30 a.m. on April 2, 2012.
"Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3! But only the 1st 1000 users that goto ____(website)____ and enter code BETA will Receive it!"
I actually assumed I had been spammed via Google Plus, as the telephone number was extremely similar to the messages I have received from Google Plus' SMS Notification service.
I did not attempt to visit the site. A general rule of thumb, is that if you ever receive a message about an Apple product, mobile phone, or weight loss; it is generally a serious scam. Don't visit the site.
ALSO, if you actually Google the term "Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3! But only the 1st 1000 users," you will receive MANY results... from COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PHONE NUMBERS. All 201 area code. New Jersey Scum--no surprise here.
I actually wonder if the spam is coming from the carrier. I use Verizon Wireless. This sounds like something Verizon would do.
Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Service: Mobile Telephone
Communicated: ASCII/Unicode (plain text) SMS Message, No attachments.
My Location: Omaha, Nebraska, USA
|Comment #89.1 by: temi on 02 Apr 2012, 23:37 GMT|
got this from (201) 912-9172 at 6:58am and the same message:
"Apple is looking for people to Test & Keep the New iPad 3! But only the 1st 1000 users that goto and enter code BETA will receive it!"
|Comment #90 by: lokita on 03 Apr 2012, 04:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Beta-code. Received a text message from( +12017444824 )
^^^^^ To keep an iPhone5! from applebut the only users that enter the code will. Get the phone
|Comment #91 by: Nena on 04 Apr 2012, 12:56 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just got this 10 mins ago....I'm in Montreal, Quebec
|Comment #92 by: TP on 18 Apr 2012, 00:45 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Thanks for confirming what I suspected... I got a text message on my phone to go to a web site for a free iphone test offer. If it sounds too good to be true it is just BS...
|Comment #93 by: SueR on 20 May 2012, 14:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
There are 50+ sites for the new iphone 5 test and keep. Why doesn't facebook close these down...I've reported all of them.
|Comment #94 by: Bishop on 19 Jun 2012, 20:41 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I am from South Africa and i got a message that Apple is looking for iphone 5 testers, and i decided to contact them.
|Comment #95 by: DJ Villa on 04 Aug 2012, 18:07 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I think the iPhone 5 is going to sell great because there are so much people with the iPhone 4s and every one is talking about it!!
|Comment #98 by: Dreek on 08 Aug 2012, 00:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I think I should "turn up" for tha new I phone 5ive!!!!!!
|Comment #100 by: deb on 10 Aug 2012, 02:25 UTC|| reply to this comment|
We got this as a text message this morning, too, and we are in the state of NJ
|Comment #101 by: Redhead on 10 Aug 2012, 11:01 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It might be real if so it a blessing for some people
|Comment #102 by: sherry on 30 Aug 2012, 02:42 UTC|| reply to this comment|
i stay in Virginia Beach VA an iv got so many different messages on this text an keep things
|Comment #103 by: AppleAgent007 on 27 Sep 2012, 10:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I just received one in Wales, why is this not being investigated?
|Comment #104 by: Booboo on 01 Oct 2012, 00:26 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Just got email today with "Apple" showing as the sender. It said test and keep iphone 5. Today is Sept 30, 2012. Being as it was already released, i looked it up and realized for sure it was a scam. The tricky part is that it says it is coming from Apple. Fortunately it went into my spam and i found it there when deleting spam.
|Comment #105 by: googleriah on 22 Nov 2012, 00:22 UTC|| reply to this comment|
thanks for this.. and to think i was about to click "continue"
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