Security experts are warning consumers to be on their guard against fraudsters using the launch of the latest iPhone to send out phising scams and emails with infected links.
McAfee, the world's largest security tech company, has issued a warning against online scammers who are expected to be out in full force to take advantage of the latest Apple launch.
Gary Davis, McAfee's VP of global consumer marketing, warns in his latest blog post: 'When there is a major event, like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or a much-anticipated Apple product going on sale, it queues up the bad guys to take advantage of all the excitement.'
However, Davis outlined some simple steps you can follow to avoid getting scammed when searching online for the new iPhone. He said: 'Go directly to the source: If you receive and email referencing a great deal on the new iPhone, don’t click the links in the email but go directly to Apple’s URL and look for that same promotion.
'Are you up-to date? Make sure you’re security software is updated with the latest patches and upgrades. That is your strongest protection and first line of defence against spyware and viruses.
'Be wary of highly-discounted phones: As the saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. iPhones have consistently been among the most sought-after devices since their release.
'Chances are you won’t be seeing any legitimate “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” offers the first week these phones go on sale,' warned Davis.
Editor: Shujaul Azam