IPhone X for 1 euro: it’s a scam. How to defend yourself

On Facebook, through fake articles directed to malicious sites, is running a new scam that promises users an iPhone X for one euro

When something seems really impossible to be true, it is most likely because real is not at all. That's the logic to take into consideration when we read about unrepeatable offers online and on social networks.

Lately on Facebook several sponsored posts have been going around inviting users to hurry up because for promotional purposes a very limited number of iPhone X will be sold for only one euro. Some, enticed by the discount of over a thousand euros, may be intrigued and think about buying. It's only one euro anyway, right? Wrong, because to complete the transition we will have to enter our most confidential information and even a credit card number. Needless to say, no iPhone X will ever arrive at our doorstep, as it's simply a phishing campaign generated by a group of hackers to steal our data.

Beware of the source of the posts

It's usually easy to recognize this kind of online scams. The fake sites used to popularize phishing campaigns have misspellings and improbably named domains. The scam linked to the sale of the iPhone X for one euro, on the other hand, is slightly more articulated, and therefore more difficult to decipher in a few seconds. This is because the hackers have created Facebook pages with names very similar to real newspapers and other websites. Like, for example, La Repubblica. The Italian news portal was entirely copied by the hackers to create fake articles about the iPhone X sale for one euro. The links in these fake technology insights take the user to malicious landing pages. Here the victim through the techniques of social engineering is led to enter their data to receive the Apple smartphone at a super discounted price.

How to defend yourself from the scam

To recognize the scams of malicious sales of iPhones, and more generally the various frauds that circulate online, the tips are always the same. First of all we pay special attention to the URL of the site on which we are redirected. Sometimes at first sight the name of a domain seems reliable but then we realize that there are doubles or small details more or less. For example, in the case of Repubblica only www.repubblica.it is reliable. All the others, even if similar, are only malicious sites thought by hackers to deceive users. Secondly, let's carefully read the text and the title of these pseudo-articles, they are often generated with an automatic translator and have obvious spelling mistakes. And remember not to enter our credit card details and personal information lightly on the Web. Especially in sites that promise great deals, gifts or million-dollar winnings.