Win A Brand New iPhone 6S Scam

Win A Brand New iPhone 6S Scam

An email claiming you can win a brand new iPhone 6S worth $1079 has attempted to reach inbox’s but been caught by MailShark spam filters. This scam preys on your weakness for freebies and will lead to a malicious infection on your computer. It does not appear to be sent from a known brand or company. The iPhone 6S is a new smartphone designed by leading electronic supplier, Apple. Keep reading to find out more and be sure to remove this one from your inbox if received.

Figure A is an exact copy of the malicious win a brand new iPhone 6S scam email in question. It is well branded and features several call-to-action and convincing imagery. This email’s subject line reads “a chance to win a brand new iPhone 6s worth $1079!”. The sender is shown as “Genius Santa”, and the email address used is in no way associated with Apple or iPhone and is clearly spam.

Some points to take note of, within this malicious email, which can identify its true nature:

  • Poor grammar / spelling
  • Pushy language to act quickly and over the top call-to-actions
  • Error in the email including code saying “[EMAIL_RECIPIENT]” instead of the actual recipient address
  • Several malicious links as shown in Figure A
MailShark Win A Brand New iPhone 6s Scam
Figure A – Click to Enlarge

Figure B is the website you will land on if any of the links within the email are clicked. This time it is plainly branded and mostly text. In red you will notice a valid offer date which is an attempt to push you to click through faster. The simple question on the phone and green buttons are extremely dangerous and if clicked (anywhere on this page) your computer will be infected with malware.

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Figure B – Click to Enlarge

It is extremely unlikely to be offered a free iPhone in an email from an unknown sender – keep this in mind when you receive any email of a similar nature. Delete this from your inbox if received and be sure you always have anti-virus and anti-malware protection just in case.

Steph Kent
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