New iPhone scam: How to stay safe

Tech experts are warning iPhone users about a new scam circulating just ahead of the busy Independence Day weekend. Details about the specific scam tactic are limited, but authorities believe it may involve phishing attempts or malware disguised as legitimate apps or websites.

"We're seeing an increase in fraudulent activity targeting iPhone users," said a spokesperson for the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA). "Scammers often capitalize on holidays and long weekends when people might be busier or less vigilant."

The NCSA is urging iPhone users to be cautious of unsolicited emails, text messages, or phone calls, especially those offering deals or free products. Phishing scams often try to trick users into revealing personal information or clicking on malicious links that can download malware onto their devices.

Here are some tips to stay safe from iPhone scams:

  • Be wary of unsolicited messages: Never click on links or download attachments from emails, texts, or phone calls from unknown senders.
  • Verify app authenticity: Only download apps from the official Apple App Store. Research unfamiliar apps before installing them and read user reviews.
  • Don't share personal information: Legitimate companies will not request personal information through unsolicited messages.
  • Enable two-factor authentication:Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to your accounts by requiringa code in addition to your password when logging in.
  • Keep software updated: Regularly update your iPhone's operating system and apps to ensure you have the latest security patches.

Authorities are still investigating the specific details of the new scam, but by following these basic security precautions, iPhone users can significantly reduce their risk of falling victim.

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