What is Win The New iPhone 12 scam?
The main purpose of this scam is to trick people into providing contact and other information that supposedly will be used to contact winners of the iPhone 12. Nobody ever wins anything through websites like this one, on the contrary, people who fall for such scams lose money, become victims of identity theft, lose access to personal accounts and/or encounter other issues.
This particular page asks for details like email address, street address, ZIP code, gender, first and last name, date of birth and mobile number. Although, after providing these details users could be contacted and asked for other personal information like credit car details, bank account, usernames, passwords, or pay a shipping, registration, or some other "fee".
In one way or another, users are strongly advised not to enter any information on scam websites like this one. Depending on the provided details, scammers could misuse them to make fraudulent purchases, transactions, steal identities, personal accounts, or for other malicious purposes.
It is common that scam websites are promoted via deceptive ads, other untrustworthy pages or potentially unwanted applications (PUAs). It is worthwhile to mention that PUAs can be designed to generate ads (e.g., banners, surveys, coupons, pop-up ads) and/or gather browsing data (e.g., IP addresses, entered search queries, geolocations, addresses of visited websites), or even sensitive information as well.
What is worse, their developers could monetize gathered data by selling it to third parties, or misuse it to generate revenue in other ways.
|Name||Win The New iPhone 12 pop-up|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||Visitors can win an iPhone 12|
|Related Domain||us-12prerelease.yousweeps[.]com, morewither[.]com|
|Detection Names (us-12prerelease.yousweeps[.]com)||Netcraft (Malicious), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal)|
|Serving IP Address||126.96.36.199|
|Symptoms||Fake error messages, fake system warnings, pop-up errors, hoax computer scan.|
|Distribution methods||Compromised websites, rogue online pop-up ads, potentially unwanted applications.|
|Damage||Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft, possible malware infections.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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More examples of scam websites are "You've Made The 9.68-Billionth Search", "$500 Amazon Gift Card!" and "Amazon Loyalty Program". As a rule, their main purpose is to trick visitors into believing that they have won (or can win) some prize and providing some personal information and/or paying a certain amount of money. Either way, such websites cannot be trusted, they should be ignored. As mentioned in the previous paragraph, it is common for such pages to be promoted via PUAs. Typically, users do not download and install such apps knowingly.
How did potentially unwanted applications install on my computer?
It is common for PUAs to be distributed by using a deceptive marketing method "bundling". In such cases users download and/or install PUAs together with some other programs when they do not decline offers to download and/or install those apps. Usually unwanted offers can be declined via "Custom", "Advanced", "Manual" or other settings, or by unticking checkboxes that are available in certain download and/or installation setups. In some cases users cause unwanted downloads, or even installations by clicking deceptive ads. They cause it by clicking ads that are designed to execute certain scripts.
How to avoid installation of potentially unwanted applications?
Programs or files should not be downloaded from unofficial websites, via Peer-to-Peer networks (like torrent clients, eMule, etc.), third party downloaders, and so on, or installed via third party installers. They should be downloaded only from official websites and via direct links. Downloads and installations should not be finished without checking setups for unwanted offers (without checking "Custom", "Advanced", or other settings).
Also, it is advised not to click advertisements that appear on dubious pages. Those ads could open other shady websites or cause unwanted downloads, or even installations. Any unknown, unwanted extensions, plug-ins or add-ons that are already installed on a web browser should be removed. Apps of this kind are installed on the operating system should be uninstalled too. If your computer is already infected with PUAs, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate them.
The appearance of Win The New iPhone 12 scam page (GIF):
Screenshot of the notification from lcutterlyba[.]top that promotes this scam website:
Another example of Win The New iPhone 12 pop-up scam:
Text presented within:
All new customers participate in the prize draw for the shown campaign product. If you are the lucky winner, you will be contacted directly by email. This special offer comes with a 4-day trial to an affiliated subscription service, after which the subscription fee (25.99 USD every 14 days) will be automatically deducted from your credit card. If, for any reason, you are not satisfied with the service, you may cancel your account within 4 days. The service will be renewed every 14 days until cancelled. This campaign will expire on December 31,2021. If you wish to participate without signing up for a 4-day trial to TunesListen, please sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Win the new
iPhone 12 Pro
With a 4 day trial to TunesListen for only $1.50
Please enter your info below
Choose your favorite product color, enter your details, click NEXT and an amazing iPhone 12 Pro can become yours.
Don't hesitate - signup for a 4-day trial and get the chance to win an iPhone 12 Pro in your color of choice. This contest is not made by or in cooperation with Apple. The winner will be contacted directly by email.
Another example of iPhone 12 giveaway-themed scam website (diamondfwder[.]com):
Yet another example of iPhone giveaway-themed scam website:
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- What is Win The New iPhone 12 scam?
- STEP 1. Uninstall deceptive applications using Control Panel.
- STEP 2. Remove rogue extensions from Google Chrome.
- STEP 3. Remove potentially unwanted plug-ins from Mozilla Firefox.
- STEP 4. Remove rogue extensions from Safari.
- STEP 5. Remove rogue plug-ins from Microsoft Edge.
- STEP 6. Remove adware from Internet Explorer.
Removal of potentially unwanted applications:
Windows 11 users:
Right-click on the Start icon, select Apps and Features. In the opened window search for the application you want to uninstall, after locating it, click on the three vertical dots and select Uninstall.
Windows 10 users:
Right-click in the lower left corner of the screen, in the Quick Access Menu select Control Panel. In the opened window choose Programs and Features.
Windows 7 users:
Click Start (Windows Logo at the bottom left corner of your desktop), choose Control Panel. Locate Programs and click Uninstall a program.
macOS (OSX) users:
Click Finder, in the opened screen select Applications. Drag the app from the Applications folder to the Trash (located in your Dock), then right click the Trash icon and select Empty Trash.
In the uninstall programs window, look for any suspicious/recently-installed applications, select these entries and click "Uninstall" or "Remove".
After uninstalling the potentially unwanted application, scan your computer for any remaining unwanted components or possible malware infections. To scan your computer, use recommended malware removal software.
Remove rogue extensions from Internet browsers:
Video showing how to remove potentially unwanted browser add-ons:
Remove malicious extensions from Google Chrome:
Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome), select "More tools" and click "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and remove them.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the win the new iphone 12 pop-up, reset your Google Chrome browser settings. Click the Chrome menu icon (at the top right corner of Google Chrome) and select Settings. Scroll down to the bottom of the screen. Click the Advanced… link.
After scrolling to the bottom of the screen, click the Reset (Restore settings to their original defaults) button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Google Chrome settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
Remove malicious plugins from Mozilla Firefox:
Click the Firefox menu (at the top right corner of the main window), select "Add-ons". Click on "Extensions", in the opened window remove all recently-installed suspicious browser plug-ins.
Computer users who have problems with win the new iphone 12 pop-up removal can reset their Mozilla Firefox settings.
Open Mozilla Firefox, at the top right corner of the main window, click the Firefox menu, in the opened menu, click Help.
Select Troubleshooting Information.
In the opened window, click the Refresh Firefox button.
In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Mozilla Firefox settings to default by clicking the Refresh Firefox button.
Remove malicious extensions from Safari:
Make sure your Safari browser is active, click Safari menu, and select Preferences....
In the opened window click Extensions, locate any recently installed suspicious extension, select it and click Uninstall.
Make sure your Safari browser is active and click on Safari menu. From the drop down menu select Clear History and Website Data...
In the opened window select all history and click the Clear History button.
Remove malicious extensions from Microsoft Edge:
Click the Edge menu icon (at the upper-right corner of Microsoft Edge), select "Extensions". Locate all recently-installed suspicious browser add-ons and click "Remove" below their names.
If you continue to have problems with removal of the win the new iphone 12 pop-up, reset your Microsoft Edge browser settings. Click the Edge menu icon (at the top right corner of Microsoft Edge) and select Settings.
In the opened settings menu select Reset settings.
Select Restore settings to their default values. In the opened window, confirm that you wish to reset Microsoft Edge settings to default by clicking the Reset button.
- If this did not help, follow these alternative instructions explaining how to reset the Microsoft Edge browser.
Remove malicious add-ons from Internet Explorer:
Click the "gear" icon (at the top right corner of Internet Explorer), select "Manage Add-ons". Look for any recently-installed suspicious browser extensions, select these entries and click "Remove".
If you continue to have problems with removal of the win the new iphone 12 pop-up, reset your Internet Explorer settings to default.
Windows XP users: Click Start, click Run, in the opened window type inetcpl.cpl In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: Click the Windows logo, in the start search box type inetcpl.cpl and click enter. In the opened window click the Advanced tab, then click Reset.
Windows 8 users: Open Internet Explorer and click the gear icon. Select Internet Options.
In the opened window, select the Advanced tab.
Click the Reset button.
Confirm that you wish to reset Internet Explorer settings to default by clicking the Reset button.