A pretend dwell iPhone 13 occasion broadcast on YouTube throughout Apple’s actual occasion final week has conned customers out of $69k in bitcoin.
We regularly see scammers luring victims by making the most of hype associated to occasions or sport launches. We noticed an identical tactic throughout the iPhone 13 launch occasion. As a result of COVID-19 pandemic, this was a web-based launch occasion and was broadcasted dwell on the official Apple Youtube channel. However, there have been few Youtube channels that had been claiming to stream this occasion dwell. Whereas observing one such channel, we noticed promotional information with the next title:
“Particular Occasion for you happening NOW: www.2021apple.org”
In response to the report, a pretend channel set as much as appear to be an official Apple dwell stream garnered some 16k viewers. Hyperlinks to a web site provided customers the prospect to win as a part of a cryptocurrency giveaway of 1,000 bitcoin, the web site was even tailor-made to appear to be Apple’s official web site. As is at all times the case, the rip-off concerned asking customers to ship bitcoin to a pockets deal with within the promise that it will be doubled and returned to them. In fact, no bitcoin was ever returned, and the account reportedly netted 1.48299884 bitcoin because of the ruse, value about $69k.
The rip-off is just like a earlier YouTube epidemic of bitcoin scams brought on by malware last year.