Google Chrome will not give away an iPhone, it’s a scam

It is not the first time that this scam attempt appears in which they make us believe that Google Chrome is going to give us an iPhone.

Currently it is an iPhone 8 and it’s that, apparently, we have been chosen at random by Google and we are part of a privileged group of 10 people who will be given a fantastic Apple iPhone 8. As a curiosity, do not forget that Apple is the direct competitor of Google, which can make us suspect that something “fishy” is going on.

Google Chrome no regala un iPhone, es una estafa

“We want to show our gratitude for being a faithful user of Google Chrome! Your IP address 18x.xxx.xx.xx has been selected at random to receive an Apple iPhone 8 completely free …..”

The origin is a pop-up box that appears while we are browsing. Well, when entering a Web page of dubious origin or motivated by any suspicious extension that we have installed in the browser.

It is clearly a scam

At first we are only asked to answer a small survey of several questions related to our opinion about Chrome.

Google Chrome no regala un iPhone, es una estafa

After answering three different questions, a page will open up for us to Claim our prize. But now, that prize appears with a cost of 1 dollar.

Google Chrome no regala un iPhone, es una estafa

If we go ahead, another pop-up box will appear indicating that the gift has already been reserved.

Google Chrome no regala un iPhone, es una estafa

If we accept, we will be taken to a page that has nothing to do with Google or Chrome (see the domain highlighted in red) where they start asking us for personal data.

Google Chrome no regala un iPhone, es una estafa

The only reason they ask us for this information is because they need it to subscribe us to a Premium SMS service. If we give it to them, we will receive one or several daily SMS messages with irrelevant information or simply advertising that will cost us a few euros per month.

In order to maintain legality, this type of service must indicate in its fine print what its purpose is. And so it does. If we read carefully its terms and conditions, we find that it is thus declared. But who reads these long texts of technical verbiage?

Google Chrome no regala un iPhone, es una estafa

If we agree to give our information, we will contract this service and it will cost us a good amount of money at the end of the month. Of course, we will not receive any iPhone as a gift.

But there is more. If after giving our personal data we continue with the process, the system will ask us to pay the necessary dollar to receive our gift. They will ask us for all our credit card information, including the CVV security code.

Google Chrome no regala un iPhone, es una estafa

If we give them, it is possible that our online payment data ends up being used by someone to make purchases on our behalf. Very likely they will end up being sold to the highest bidder on the black market of the deep Internet.

We can verify that there are many users who have suspected the authenticity of the ad, but at the same time have come to believe that it could be true. We just have to review this Chrome help forum in Spanish to see the number of users who ask about this “possible gift”.

What we do not know is how many people must have fallen into the trap without even asking.

Comments

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  2. It’s a fraud, I too received the exact same thing but in Spanish since I’m stationed in the Caribbeans. After clicking answering the survey I was led to a payment form and knowing it’s too good to be true led me to read the fine prints, that led me to close the page entirely and walking away from the computer. Don’t sign up for it. Stay curiously smart

  3. I didnt get any surveys to fill. It juz told me tht I won and just an ok button… then that was it…. this info is usefull. Thx…

  4. Anonymous says:

    I was just about giving my card number before I said I should review it
    Of course if it is true.. It will be in the Internet..
    Group of scammers

  5. Anonymous says:

    I nearly fell for this scam

  6. C= South Africa says:

    Thank you for this page – it looked so legit on my phone that I nearly fell for it! I hesitated when it came to putting in my credit card details and decided to search if it was a hoax and this page came up. Many thanks

  7. Yasmeen yahaya says:

    I have just faced this too . Today 3rd march 2018 claiming i will get iphone x. In india

  8. bidrohi riju says:

    even i was going to fall for this scam. i immediately searched the internet and after viewing this page i made myself clear of not falling for this types of scams again

  9. Is ip address has any problem

  10. Qurban Shah says:

    I received a call and massage
    Google chrome selected me apple iphone grift
    And fill up from.but i do not received. Iphone.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much was about to provide my card details

  12. I provided every thing but the asked for me to send the otp I received. That where I stopped

  13. Ayesha says:

    If i give them fake personal information but correct card number and cvv then what would happened

  14. As many in the world say ,you can’t get something for nothing.And there’s a fool born every minute.

  15. Anonymous says:

    What can be done to stop the process , if I had already filled up everything .

  16. Anonymous says:

    thank God i don’t have a credit card

  17. Zintle Felicity Magazi says:

    Thanks so much! I filled in the details but got worried when they asked for my bank details…. this will definitely help me in the future.

  18. Fountain says:

    I almost fall victim of this again before I realized I should browse it out if chrome are truly giving out iPhone x.. These scammers God will catch them..

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