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Posted by Transylvania County on August 4, 2020

2020 has seen a significant jump in the number of mobile scams (many connected, in part, to coronavirus conditions), and a lot of them are targeted at iPhone users. Since even cautious users can be caught by a scam if they aren’t paying attention, it’s important to keep an eye on the current iPhone scams being used so you recognize their tactics. Continue reading to browse which scams are on the rise and why they’re dangerous.  Here is part 2 of our series.


3. Pretending to be from your company / work


These scams quickly shot up as more people started working remotely. In this case, someone calls pretending to be from your company’s IT or security department (sometimes even from people pretending to be a manager). They reveal a serious bug or hacking attempt, and then try to get access to your computer or personal information to “fix” it.

The good news is that this only tends to work with larger companies where you may not be familiar with the IT department. The bad news is that these scams can be clever and may even dupe tech support phone numbers to look like the real deal. Your best bet is to hang up and contact a peer you know at the company (manager, teammates online, your office’s help desk, etc.) and ask if something is really going on.

4.  Free testing and Diabetic Monitors


Another COVID-related scam targets mobile users with texts and calls offering free testing for coronavirus. It’s a scam seeking to feed on people’s panic with promises of easy, available testing for them and their family members…if they just provide their contact info and a few financial details.

To be clear, no one should ever order coronavirus testing through a call or text. That’s not something that exists. Indeed, in most locations testing is strictly held for those who have symptoms or can prove possible exposure. Anyone trying to get you free testing is a scammer, even if they promise they are from the government.

These tests are often tied in with offering diabetic monitors and similar equipment. This is just another way to trick people who may be desperate for medical supplies that are harder to get now than they used to be.

More to come next week.