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Apple iPad Scam

Apple iPad ScamIn the SPAMfighter lab, we’ve seen a huge increase in Apple related spam emails. Spammers appear to be working day and night to earn money, and when they see this kind of “opportunity”, they jump on it.

However, because our users report spam day and night, due to our large worldwide audience in all time zones, SPAMfighter blocks all new spam messages, even before the spammers release the “Send” button.

Update –  iPad scam – April 2, 2012
We have received reports in the comments of this post of a huge iPad phone scam going on now with Apple’s recent release of “the new” iPad.  According to reports, people are receiving automated phone calls and text messages with instructions on how to claim a free iPad. One particular scam reads, “Apple is looking for people to Text & Keep the New iPad 3! But only the 1st 1000 users that goto and enter code BETA will receive it!”. Other messages claims that “Ipad 3 testers wanted” which is of cource also bogus.

Be weary of any calls or messages from unknown numbers, especially if you haven’t signed up for any contests.  Please tell us your story below if you are also receiving these iPad scam phone calls.

Update – iPad scam – April 20, 2012
New round of these ipad 3 scams seems to be going on. They are still using the “New Ipad 3” angle and it’s still bogus. Thank for the additions to the phone number list. We will update shortly….

Update – iPad scam – January 4, 2013
Scammers are active early 2013. We saw a Ipad for christmas scam in december but the volume is much higher in January.  

Update – iPad scam – February 22, 2013
Scammers are again very active. This time they use Netflix as scam bait

Update – iPad scam – February 18, 2014
This time scamers are trying to lure Internet users to visit “”. Read examples below.

Here are the offending phone numbers we’ve collected so far:

  • 201-423-5253
  • 201-616-9146
  • 201-619-9146
  • 201-706-0923
  • 201-706-1230
  • 201-744-3293
  • 201-744-3689
  • 201-744-3907
  • 201-748-9041
  • 201-850-3884
  • 201-912-7426
  • 201-912-7520
  • 201-912-7759
  • 201-912-7944
  • 201-912-9046
  • 201-912-9073
  • 201-912-9082
  • 201-912-9084
  • 201-912-9086
  • 201-912-9092
  • 201-912-9103
  • 201-912-9103
  • 201-912-9134
  • 201-912-9167
  • 201-912-9168
  • 201-912-9171
  • 201-912-9179
  • 201-912-9184
  • 201-912-9188
  • 201-912-9198
  • 201-912-9199
  • 201-912-9227
  • 201-912-9246
  • 201-912-9247
  • 201-912-9252
  • 201-912-9255
  • 201-912-9257
  • 201-912-9258
  • 201-912-9260
  • 201-912-9265
  • 201-912-9591
  • 201-912-9617
  • 201-912-9624
  • 201-912-9624 
  • 201-912-9653
  • 201-912-9683
  • 201-912-9715
  • 201-912-9720
  • 201-912-9737
  • 201-912-9738
  • 201-912-9739
  • 201-912-9740
  • 201-912-9756
  • 201-912-9757
  • 201-912-9870
  • 201-912-9876
  • 201-912-9888
  • 201-912-9889
  • 201-912-9987
  • 201-918-0392
  • 201-918-0496
  • 201-918-0587
  • 201-918-0857
  • 201-921-9169
  • 201–918-0392
  • 206-912-7951
  • 209-277-7515
  • 209-327-6274
  • 209-327-6647
  • 209-485-0964
  • 209-485-1498
  • 209-485-4579
  • 209-559-0873
  • 210-616-9146
  • 213-361-2535
  • 310-666-2476
  • 313-160-9948
  • 313-427-9335
  • 347-255-0483
  • 347-463-5858
  • 347-735-9517
  • 530-470-3523
  • 605-622-0892
  • 606-272-3465
  • 619-252-3522
  • 626-241-5148
  • 626-241-5375
  • 646-620-6846
  • 661-370-1424
  • 661-370-1830
  • 703-395-4809
  • 707-362-1494
  • 707-391-3867
  • 707-391-3890
  • 718-687-7348
  • 718-715-8025
  • 760-616-0557
  • 760-616-0690
  • 760-616-0916
  • 780-616-0710
  • 805-272-5381
  • 805-395-1273
  • 805-395-1274
  • 805-640-5190
  • 805-798-0856
  • 831-254-7243
  • 831-254-8931
  • 831-707-4607
  • 909-213-3366
  • 909-282-8481
  • 916-672-7740

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  1. Lorie Acker says:

    Mail just popped up when I was looking up a website saying I was a winner of a iPhone 7 and they will send me a iPhone 6 with 16gs they put on the site this is not a scam etc. when in fact it really is a scam I just don’t like how these people can just continue scamming good people and continue lying over and over this needs to be stopped

  2. Tracey says:

    Please help, a pop up came up on my iPad and I cannot get rid of it – it says ‘congratulations iPad! Your iPad device was selected because we need more testers for the new iPhone 7
    Press OK to participate and receive a free iPhone 6
    The only option is ok – this has completely disabled my safari app as I cannot close the pop up unless I click OK. I’ve tried powering down and back on but without success. Please can you advise. Many thanks.

  3. Martianna says:

    I need a iphone

  4. Hi Tracy

    That doesn’t sound good. I’d suggest resetting Safari in settings.

    – Clear History
    – Clear Cookies
    – Clear Cache

    Tapping on each of these will clear all stored information and bring it back to default settings.

  5. Tracey says:

    Thanks Philip, that’s cleared it (phew!!) thanks for your help.

  6. jon says:

    hey Tracy, i had the same thing. i fixed it by quitting safari, rebooting and then opening safari and as soon as possible clicking on a different tab so the spam one isn’t active. then you can “x” it closed while it’s inactive.

  7. Ryan Moore says:

    I noticed an odd toolbar on which had never been there before. There was a Mail button that was flashing, alerting me that I had a message. When I clicked on it, a very real looking message from… popped up offering a free iPhone 7. I did my research before I started filling out the info. and decided to close out. I followed Philip Mahler’s directions and when I logged back on to the toolbar was gone. I was on an iPhone 5s.

    Thank you Mr. Mahler.

  8. Stuart Bisset says:

    Hi just had this pop up on my wife’s iPad. Do not press ok. Press the home key to return to the home screen. Double press the home key to get to your current apps and close Safai by swiping it upwards.
    Reopen safari and close all tabs.

  9. Rachel says:

    I received the same pop up as Tracey while in safari. Had to shut down my iPad.

  10. I got a pop up on my phone says I won a free phone is it for real

  11. Jim says:

    i just got same pop re: test winner i7 up on my i5s and i cant get out of it? so i shut ph off

  12. Marnix A. van Ammers says:

    Pop up said “CONGRATULATIONS! Your Apple device was selected because we need more testers for the new iPhone 7. Press OK to participate and receive a free iPhone 6

    I got the popup after clicking on some spot in my app.

  13. Jerry G says:

    I received a pop up ad that said “Congratulations your Samsung device was selected & you are a winner. Apple needs testers like you to test their new aIPhone/IPad. Then there was a box that had click here, so I clicked on the box & then a message came up that said Error 400 trouble loading company page. I searched for a way to turn them in as a scam/false advertising but I couldn’t find a website to go to. Does anybody have a suggestion or know of a way to turn these scammers in?

  14. Tracey says:

    I wish I knew how to report it too Jerry G – it’s happened again twice since my original post/query. I don’t know where it’s come from though, just happened to me whilst using safari app on the iPad. Wasn’t even on the same website when it happened again. Thanks to the replies though at least we can get rid of it.

  15. Seth Crosby says:

    Thank you, Mr. Mahler! Clearing worked for us too!

  16. Karen says:

    Thanks for the help of shutting off safari and then reopening it and xing it out. The same popup came up though so thought I would go into facebook and hit a link and when a new one came up, was able to x out the offending one. My popup that I couldn’t get rid of was Fantasy Sports this time. Last time I cleared history to get the iPhone scam out, but couldn’t figure out how to do it this time on the ipad.

  17. B says:

    Clicked on ‘OK, on congratulations you have won an iPhone 6’ as couldn’t get rid if it. Then ‘x’d it as soon as it started to open. Do I have anything to worry about?

  18. Victoria says:

    Got a different kind of iPhone scam. While I was playing Yahtzee with Buddies, I saw some flashing message icon at the bottom of my phone. I thought it might be my daughter messaging me, since we play this game a lot. Clicked on it and it said that my phone carrier (Verizon) had picked me to win an iPhone. There were the usual Facebook comments like, “Omg I thought this was a scam but I received my iPhone today” and what-not. They wanted me to confirm my address and phone number, but…with my OLD cell phone number (never had that number on this phone, and the carrier for that number was Virgin, not Verizon).

    I know enough to know that no one gets somethng for nothing, but it makes me mad that they use such deceptive tactics. Should I contact Verizon about this? I didn’t notice the company involved, I just closed out the window – hope I never hear from them again. How they managed to contact me through a phone that had an entirely new number and carrier is a mystery to me.

  19. Sandy H says:

    Just received a pop up stating Apple has chosen me as a winner for an apple i phone 6. I couldn’t get out of this until l clicked on OK. I didn’t go any further as l do know these can be scams. What l didn’t like was the photos of people saying this isn’t a SCAM! Terrible. How do these people take over our I pads. There’s no such thing as something for nothing. Look out for hptt/. These are scam sites. Real sites start with hptts/

  20. Sharon says:

    I too have had this pop up during a game app,–
    Then says , congratulations virginmedia Limited user! Your iPad device was selected because we need more testers for the new I phone 7 , press ok to participate in this revolutionary promotion ! That’s it no gift making it sound like Iam lucky be some sort of Guinea pig !! Watch out

  21. Chris says:

    I too received a “Congratulations (ISP name) subscriber, your iPad was randomly selected in (suburb) today to win a prize!
    I was suspicious because my ISP’s name was not quite right.
    I only had the button OK to choose, however, thanks to Philip’s help, I reset Safari & it’s now OK.

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