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 3 of our series.
5. Pitching free COVID cures and masks
Taking things a step further, other scams outright offer COVID cures or free masks on calls, in a ploy to get identity information. Fortunately, a bit of common sense goes a long way in these cases. There is no miracle cure, black market antibody, or secret herb that can heal or protect against COVID-19. Even if there was a vaccine, you wouldn’t be getting it for free via a random phone call. Likewise, no one is offering free masks via call or link, and even if they were you shouldn’t trust them.
6. Lying about national orders and emergencies
Another version of the COVID scam will text your phone with an announcement of a key national order, or declaration of emergency over the epidemic. This announcement will try to make you click on a link for more information, or provide sensitive data according to “government orders.”
This can be tricky because the federal government really does have the ability to send mass text messages for national emergencies and similar reasons. However, it’s also an easy scam to see through: Just hop online and see what the news is saying about any government proclamations, then check social media to see if anyone else is talking about it. If it happens, it happens to everyone.
7. Phony Small Business Aid Loans
Many small businesses are seriously struggling right now. That can make them more susceptible to scams, especially if that scam offers them free money or easy government loans. Some of these scams will even link to sites that mimic the Small Business Administration site or the Payroll Protection Program site to fool people. If it’s not from SBA.gov, you should ignore it.
Finale to come next week.