Beware of a new GroupMe Free iPhone scam, perpetrating these days as a message for all the members. The scheme promotes an iPhone 13 prize for a supposed draw that the company organized. Don’t fall for it, the fictional lottery is part of a long list of phone scams occurring recently. How does the scam work?
Here is the content of the notification:
Congratulations! You are one of the 100 users we have selected to try to win the iPhone 13. Delivery details in our link. Hurry up! Winner info: http://iphone.myluckyday.site/sSTJ3?id=5d2509b”
The message contains a couple of grammar mistakes, so it’s easy to detect that is fraudulent.
Another variation informs GroupMe members that they won an airpod. This Costco receipt scam is very similar to the Costco Raffle Text Message that hit millions of inboxes not too long ago.
GroupMe iPhone Scam: Affiliate Trap
As you can see, the GroupMe iPhone scam doesn’t look as it would come from a real company. There are so many red flags with this fake GroupMe support text. The link that scammers require you to open is http://iphone.myluckyday.site, which is a subdomain.
That page will lead you to a phishing scam meant to collect your personal information and other credentials you could offer. Also, you will be asked to sign up for some product offers before receiving the iPhone 13. If you look at the full link, you will see ‘id=’ towards the end of it. That means that the perpetrator of the GroupMe iPhone scam will get an affiliate commission for sending people to those offers/products. To track all the sales/subscriptions that the crooks bring in, they receive an ID, which is in the link of the message. Essentially, scammers join these affiliate programs, then they tell people they won an iPhone 13. In order to get the prize, the recipient has to sign up for product offers, for which scammers get a commission.
Stay away. This type of scheme is perpetrated in many phishing scams these days, whether it is about AirPods, iPhones or any other gadgets.
How To Report the GroupMe Scam
Let your family and online friends know about the GroupMe Scam by distributing this article on your social media platforms. Also, you can officially report scammers and other suspicious activities to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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