SophosLabs: Even if it hasn't been officially announced yet, and certainly isn't available to the general public (unless an Apple employee loses a test model in a bar), there are plenty of scammers out there trying to trick you into believing you can get a free iPhone 5.
Here's just a sample of the pages on Facebook claiming to be an iPhone 5 giveaway. Typically they are trying to trick you into clicking on links, driving traffic to online surveys which earns them revenue.
Repeat after me 🙂 </p>
- There is no free iPhone
- There is no free iPad
Very, very occasionally, you will meet people who got an iPad “for free”. For example, the Naked Security team won one at this year's Security Bloggers awards when they were named “Most Educational Security blog”. 🙂
But for every free iPhone or iPad offered, there are probably 10,000,000 or more fake offers.
So if you simply assume ALL “free” iPads and iPhones offered online are scams, you're missing out on a one-in-a-ten-million chance. In other words, you're missing what is mathematically almost indistinguishable from nothing, zero, zilch.
But each time you enter one of these online giveaways, you could be handing over your personal information to scammers and putting money into their pockets.
And you don't want to do that, do you?
It's widely anticipated that Apple will announce the iPhone 5 sometime this month. But don't hold your breath about them offering it for free.