The fake iPhone contest strikes again
The 'tarot' contest to win an iPhone strikes again. A new wave of spam emails announcing the alleged win of an Apple phone, being distributed in these hours; the content is essentially the one in front of which Macity had warned in early February, even if there are some variations, potentially even more dangerous.
If in the first 'launch' you asked for the email address, in exchange for which you received the free subscription to some spam list and in graceful tribute an .exe file (harmless on Mac, but not on PC) disguised as a PDF that went to install a Trojan horse, in this case the mobile phone also comes into play. To 'win' one of the 504 iPhones up for grabs, you must in fact provide your phone number. What exactly happens after having done this we are unable to tell you, but if after sending your phone number you will begin to see your credit dizzily drop, don't be too surprised?
To make it more credible, a Swiss advertising company is also mentioned at the bottom of the page, probably completely unaware of having been involved in the affair.
On the other hand, the website to which the prize competition refers, called in a not too calming way 'iebandits.com', also hosts the blog of a self-styled Filippo Tebani from whom you can also download an alleged Sim-Test which should allow to check if the SIM of our mobile phone has been cloned or not. The site was linked by the email (entitled 'Damn me, stupid courtesy'), also this result of spam, sent by a certain Sandro Paolani and which also served to download malware. The site is now reported by StopBadware (via Google) as a website capable of causing damage to your computer.
Needless to say, no one will let you participate in a contest if you have not asked to do it and that today and tomorrow the odds that someone is giving away 500 iPhones in exchange for your personal data are and will remain quite low even when iPhone is released.