As ever, hackers and scammers are always on the lookout for bad news. Because bad news means profits for them. And the death of Apple visionary Steve Jobs brought them a golden opportunity.
Unsurprisingly, it was just hours after Jobs’ death when we started to see the first malicious messages circulate in an attempt to ‘cash in’ on the bad news. Messages started appearing on social networks offering 50 free iPads ‘in memory of Steve Jobs’.
Specifically. the message is saying:
‘In Memory of Steve, a company is giving out 50 iPads tonight. RIP Steve Jobs’.
Within the message there is a link which leads you to a web site that requires you to complete some online surveys. This scam website will automatically determine which country you are from and will adjust the language to suit. It will also play you an audio message which is clearly spoken by someone from South Africa or thereabouts.
At the time of writing more than 15,000 people have already clicked on this dodgy link, thinking that they may get an iPad for free. Of course they won’t get one though – it is an affiliate link and all that is happening is cash is getting forwarded to the scammer behind it every time a survey is completed. I’m sure it won’t be the last scam that attempts to exploit the death of Steve Jobs. Not by a long shot.
If you receive any emails, or see links on the web or on social sites, which offer free Apple products, or ask for donations to Steve Jobs’ favourite charities, then don’t believe them. Ignore such links and don’t get suckered into lining an unethical someone’s pockets (or getting infected with malware).