Scammers utilized a pretend occasion stream, a faked Apple web site, and the promise of free Bitcoin to rip-off unsuspecting followers in the course of the iPhone 13 reveal occasion.
Individuals on the lookout for the Apple Event on September 14 might have stumbled right into a lookalike stream, displaying previous interviews with Apple CEO Tim Cook as a substitute of the “California Streaming” stream. Those that caught round noticed messages pop up within the video telling them to go to a particular web site: www.2021.apple.org.
As reported by Zscaler, the web site appeared like a pretend model of Apple’s web site, promoting a Bitcoin giveaway. All of the particular person needed to do was ship 0.1 to twenty Bitcoin via a QR code to have double that quantity despatched again.
This was a rip-off, however there was simply sufficient care taken to persuade folks it was legit. Over $69k was despatched to that Bitcoin pockets displaying the scheme was extremely profitable.
These with some technological background may spot the a number of flaws with the web site, from the grammar issues to the .org URL. Nonetheless, most individuals with only a passing understanding of expertise might have simply mistaken such a web site for a legit promotion.
The scammer’s web site is presently down and can possible stay down after efficiently swindling people out of $69,000 in Bitcoin.
Scams like this have occurred on YouTube earlier than, with random channels being hacked to show Bitcoin promotions. Steve Wozniak is suing YouTube over that occasion, since his likeness was used to advertise the Bitcoin fraud.