Date
27 March 2017
A WhatsApp message claiming to give away 1,000 iPhone 6 units through a fake BBC website turns out to be a scam to cheat mobile users. Photos: Apple Daily
A WhatsApp message claiming to give away 1,000 iPhone 6 units through a fake BBC website turns out to be a scam to cheat mobile users. Photos: Apple Daily

Free iPhone 6 scam found charging HK$15 for each text message

Smartphone users in Hong Kong, beware of a new online scam.

A fake BBC website that promises to give participants a new iPhone 6 if they correctly answer a trivia quiz turns out to be a scheme to make them pay hefty text message charges.

A 15-year-old girl surnamed Hung told Apple Daily that she received a WhatsApp message from a friend, inviting her to click on an attached BBC weblink and join a quiz game for a chance to win an iPhone 6.

The message claims that 1,000 units of iPhone 6 will be given away to celebrate the opening of the 1,000th Apple Store.

Hung said she answered the three questions and finished a questionnaire, after which a window popped out and congratulated her for being an iPhone 6 winner.

She was then directed to another website and was asked to choose one out of six items that could tell her fortune.

As she was ecstatic for having just won an iPhone 6, the girl obliged and picked one item. She then received two text messages about her fortune with a charge of HK$15 (US$1.93) each.

That’s when she realized that she had been swindled.

Her father filed a complaint on her behalf with telecom service provider, which promised no such charges will show on her bill.

Two other Hong Kong mobile phone users told Apple Daily that they were almost swindled by the same scam.

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